Small Time Crooks Movie Review Summary

Actors: Woody Allen, Tracey Ullman, Jon Lovitz, Elaine May, Hugh Grant

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This simple, fluffy 2000 film by Woody Allen concerns a bumbling crook named Ray (Allen) who has just finished two years in jail. His wife Francine "Frenchy" (Ullman) has waited for him to get out, but is not thrilled that he wants to rob another bank. Nevertheless, he puts a gang of similarly untalented guys together to do the job. Ironically, the cookie baking business Ray has Frenchy start up as a cover for the operation is a big success. Suddenly these near morons are fabulously wealthy, and Frenchy is being romanced by a smooth and handsome but unscrupulous art dealer (Grant). Not a particularly deep or memorable film, but lots of fun, and Ullman is great. Watch for the legendary Elaine May as an especially dim bulb among a lot of dim ones.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Woody Allen plays Ray Winkler, a dishwasher whose failed attempt to rob a bank landed him in prison for two years. Now living off the small wages his wife Frenchy (Tracey Ullman) earns, Ray dreams of one more big score that will will make him filthy rich. His plan is to rent out the closed pizza place two doors down from a big bank, with Frenchy running a cookie business as a front, dig a tunnel underneath into the vault, making off with the cash. But with the help from his even dumber friends Tommy (Tony Darrow), Benny (Jon Lovitz) and Denny (Michael Rapaport), Ray fails once again, while Frenchy's cookies become an overnight success
The review of this Movie prepared by Tamara

SMALL TIME CROOKS is a comedy written and directed by Woody Allen in 2000. Woody plays the character of a dish-washer dreaming of being rich and taking his wife Tracey Ullman in Miami. Incidentally, the couple becomes extremely rich by honest means. Soon, Tracey Ullman develops a fancy for the "rich" way of life while Woody still dreams of Miami and poker games.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Comedy or Parody about    -   criminals

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   criminal Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Jewish


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   wealthy Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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