Sunday, June 12, 2016

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

Director: Frank Oz

Writers: Dale Launer, Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning

Composer: Miles Goodman

Starring: Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly, Anton Rodgers, Barbara Harris, Ian McDiarmid, Dana Ivey, Meagen Fay, Frances Conroy

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Nice guys finish last. Meet the winners.

Plot:  Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American heiress out of $50,000 first.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Maybe.

I've been re-visiting a lot of films lately that I haven't seen in 20+ years.  This one's funnier than I remember.  It's a remake of the 1964 film, BEDTIME STORY, with David Niven and Marlon Brando.  Now I'm really wanting to re-visit that one, too.  The only thing I don't care for in this one is when Steve Martin goes full retard in an effort to frighten off the rich women after they've given their money to Michael Caine.  It's just too much.  Hell, there's a lot of Steve Martin in this that's over the top but he's got moments of genuine funny.  They do it in BEDTIME STORY but I can't remember that one much.  This is a fun picture with lots of laughs and it's nice to enjoy a movie more the second time around after all these years.  The MGM double feature DVD set (with KINGPIN) has a nice anamorphic widescreen print with a few extras in a commentary track with Frank Oz, a 6 minute making of featurette, a teaser trailer with optional Frank Oz commentary (which is neat) and the original theatrical trailer (fullscreen).

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