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Simple Plan, A

Reviewed By Chris Parry
Posted 02/16/99 01:06:09

"Not a fan. I expected more. Not Jurassic Park more, just more."
3 stars (Average)

Going against the grain here. Perhaps it was the expectation lumped upon it, perhaps it was the slowness of the thing, perhaps it was Billy Bob's glasses or Bill Paxton's new-found squeaky-clean rap, or Raimi's ham-fisted "please let me make this a horror flick" touch but A Simple Plan didn't go over a treat in the Oz house-hold.

I realise everyone is saying this is the second coming of Christ, but the story of what happens when two brothers and the town drunk stumble upon a cadre of cash in a crashed plane seemed to dawdle along to me at an annoyingly slow pace.

That's not to say the whole thing was toilet, it wasn't, but the inner workings of these characters was just not enough to keep my butt on the edges of the seats

None of these guys were awful (except Bridget Fonda who just seems to be slowly forgetting how to act), but the characters were so simplistic, so base ornery, so unlikeable that when it came right down to it, I kind of hoped they'd get dicked over. I was rooting for the crows.

When the stakes are raised and bullets start to fly.. well, you're not likely to see so many people killed without raising a sweat this side of a Kevin Williamson flick.

The high point for me was the "my name is Sam Raimi" scene halfway through. Truly Raimi and truly funny, but also truly out of place. You'll know it when you see it.

Let me just point out that I'm not saying this was an awful movie top to bottom, there were certainly moments of interest, but I am saying it's not all that and a bag of Tostitos, as most people seem to be saying.

Despite Billy Bob and Paxton being adept with their performances, and the very raven-happy directing of Raimi giving Fargo a run for it's money in the how-much-snow-can-you-see stakes, for my money it was all a plodding, if by-the-book exercise. Will be forgotten as quickly as As Good As It Gets.

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