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Total Crap: 3.45%

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Where the Money Is
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Only amounts to a comfy caper status, which may be its only desire."
3 stars

"Where the Money Is" (no, no, not the same place as "Where the Heart Is"...nevermind!) is a short, sweet and to-the-point caper flick.

The movie, directed by Marek Kanievska, never requires you to go out on an (extreme) limb to follow or believe this, and some of that simplicity both makes this work credibly, while at the same time, doing little to keep us enthralled. The small-time heist movie follows a nurse and her boyfriend (Linda Fiorentino and Dermot Mulroney), she who believes one of her convalescing, comatose patients (Paul Newman) to be a famed bank robber. She thinks he conned his way into the nursing home, so is compelled to prove it's him for her financial benefit. The beginning was rushed (overall running time: 89-minutes), but aside from no real reason or motivation for Fiorentino's character to rob a bank beyond wanting a little tang and spice in her life, and not wanting to stay in the same place forever, it was carefully calculated and non-detrimental to go along with. There was never any suspense or worry that they wouldn't get away with it, but Fiorentino and Newman look as if they're having a ball. The same cannot be said for Mulroney, the doltish character whose bulk of idiocracy is befuddling and whose audience-interest is nil. The script, by E. Max Frye, Topper Lilien and Caroll Cartwright (too many for the simplicity in this, if you ask me), is bare and uncomplicated, and nothing particularly noteworthy stands out about Kanievska's direction either.

Final Verdict: B-.

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User Comments

11/13/01 Monday Morning Needs more tit but Paul still rules. 4 stars
2/27/01 Richard R. Lund Newman is OK, otherwise a pretty poor flick 2 stars
5/05/00 cathalean hi how are you i would like 1000,00 5 stars
4/23/00 Tim Vroom Give me a break... this movie sucked 2 stars
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  08-Feb-2001 (M)

Directed by
  Marek Kanievska

Written by
  E. Max Frye

  Paul Newman
  Linda Fiorentino
  Dermot Mulroney
  Susan Barnes
  Frankie Faison

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