Life of Crime

Life of Crime

DVD - 2014
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The wife of a corrupt real estate developer is kidnapped by two common criminals, who intend to extort him with inside information about his crooked business and off-shore accounts. But the husband decides he'd actually rather not pay the ransom to get back his wife, setting off an unbelievable sequence of double crosses and twists.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, California] :, Roadside Attractions,, [2014]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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JCLMargaretO Oct 07, 2017

Not the comedy I thought it would be, but it did have its funny moments. Great twist at the end.

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AmyEighttrack
Aug 22, 2017

A very stylish crime flick.

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jimg2000
Jan 22, 2017

Stayed pretty true to Elmore's book "The Switch" which was a better choice for the title in mho. (See a couple of jokes that are not in the book in "Quotes.") JA portrayed a bored apathetic homemaker with a spoiled teenager and a controlling hubby but became feisty after kidnapped for ransom by a trio of eccentric criminals. Agree with other comments that the final minutes was one super twist that made both the novel and film rewarding. Note, some pointed to the movie's similarity to "Ruthless People 1986" but Elmore's book was published on 1978.

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Daylight62
Dec 20, 2016

Wasn't impressed at first but it turned out to be pretty good.

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kaylaawford
Jul 09, 2016

This movie started out kind of slow however it turned out to be a pretty good movie and did not expect the ending at all! I would definitely watch it again.

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britprincess1ajax
Jul 03, 2016

An odd jumble of crime comedy and dark drama, LIFE OF CRIME centers on a botched kidnapping, similar to that of FARGO on the surface but not quite as good. Failing to collect ransom and struggling to work together, the kidnappers operate on all different levels, one too sensitive and friendly, another a womanizer prone to flipping the switch, and the last a nutty Nazi sympathizer with aggressive tendencies and loyalty to no one. Its ensemble is fairly solid with Jennifer Aniston accepting a smarter and more sophisticated role than she typically accepts, along with the well-cast John Hawkes and Tim Robbins. Of all of the performances, Isla Fisher is arguably the weakest link in the chain, there to instigate conflict without motive. But the main problem with LIFE OF CRIME is that it doesn't fit any genre and falls into perpetual overlap. It would have been better as a full-on seventies-era comedy, scrapping the grittier elements and focusing on the dynamics between the kidnappers, the kidnapped, and those who refuse to pay. But instead it loses momentum getting bogged down in heavy themes and lingering close-ups. Too much gloom and doom meant not enough room for smirks and smiles. While I didn't mind watching it, I wouldn't recommend LIFE OF CRIME.

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lyns
May 18, 2016

Interesting, a quiet movie that actually had a dialogue and the ending was unexpected.
For people who are a bit more thoughtful. Aniston was good.

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beckythecat1
Nov 22, 2015

Really stupid but mildly entertaining. Only proves why Brad dumped Jennifer, , no one else is so desperate as to act in such mild boring almost worthless film.

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firefly5
Nov 01, 2015

Barely interesting but I did watch this to the end. The ending was the VERY best part! I did a short rewind and watched it a second time. Good for a laugh!

aavishkakumar Oct 28, 2015

My first thought when I started this movie was Hmmm. All I can say that this was a very, VERY different type of movie. There were some bit that were really boring but most of the movie was really interesting and good. It was nice to watch a movie that had a different type of storyline. Aniston's acting was okay. I loved the very ending. I was grinning from ear to ear. 'There goes the future Miss Dawson, definitely a million bucks'. Hehehehe

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jimg2000
Jan 22, 2017

Most of memorable quotes were similar to the novel's:

https://sccl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/413063118_the_switch?active_tab=quotation

However, a couple of animated jokes not in the book but in the film:

Joke 1: Eighteenth hole. The guy's standing over his tee shot for what seems like an eternity. Finally his partner says, "What is taking you so long? "Hit the damn ball!" The guys says, "Well, my wife is up there watching from the clubhouse, "and I wanna make this a perfect shot." His partner says, "Give me a break!" "There ain't a snowball's chance in hell "you're gonna hit her from here!"
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Joke 2: So Richard, I got a little joke for you, you might like this one. You too, Lewis. A Dude goes to the doctor. Doctor says: "Sir, you have to stop masturbating". The patient goes: "Why?" And the doctor goes: "because I'm trying to exam you".
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Joke 3: A "negro," a Jew and a Nazi get in a Volkswagen ... *** no punch line but what a thought, and the possibilities are endless ***

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britprincess1ajax
Jul 03, 2016

"What's he need money for? Buy more guns? Hitler's underwear?"

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