Art curator, Harry Dean, plans a heist in order to take revenge on his (shitbag) employer. He teams up with The Major who is an expert forger. They engage the help of Texan, PJ Puznowski (played by Cameron Diaz), in what they think is a very well thought out plan. But their scheme does NOT going according to plan…or does it?
I’m ‘half and half’ about this film. There are some typical Coen Brother-esque traits in the script, something quirky and delightful. Colin Firth, of course, can often be quirky and delightful, and does so here.
But I didn’t warm to the Diaz character who was a rootin’ tootin’ cowgirl from the deep south, wearing her cowboy hat into New York city – she was too much of a caricature and not enough of a real person. I believe Diaz is a good choice for the part, but the part itself, her character, could have been a bit more subtle. Furthermore, there is something a bit hollow about the relationship between Harry and PJ – it doesn’t have depth, or room to develop properly.
Apart from that, the story is fun, and the acting is terrific, especially from Rickman. There is no happily-ever-after in the typical rom com style, in fact, there is no romance, just a hint of something in the air which is very refreshing. The ending is wrapped up beautifully, and leaves you with a feeling that you’ve just been entertained. It’s not a top-of-the-list film, but it’s not all that bad either.