The dialogue reports funny things instead of showing them. The movie remains in a limbo halfway between the informed anarchy of Monty Python comedy stripped of all social and political satire, and the comparatively genteel comedy of "The Lavender Hill Mob." [15 July 1988, p.C8]
Universal acclaim- based on 58 Ratings
May 20, 2014This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This is the kind of movie you watch again and again, and enjoy every time.
The plot is hilarious. What was supposed to be a successful diamond robbery turns something completely different when some of the robbers try to get the loot for themselves. Wanda and Otto, siblings with benefits, are trying to cross George, but it seems the man was smarter than that. With George is taken in by the police - thanks to Otto and his sister - there is still George's stuttering accomplice, Ken, to deal with.
To complicate the matters, Wanda tries to get to the man defending George to find out where the diamonds are, and that takes a bit more than the usual level of persuasion. Otto, who is jealous and definitely not to be called stupid, keeps appearing at the most inconvenient times.
And to keep the plot going, of course there is an eye-witness who saw George just after the jewel heist; an elderly woman whom Ken must now deal with. His several attempts to cause an "accident" are quite fatal - to the old lady's three Yorkies!
The characters brilliant, and the acting never leaves you hanging. The most hilarious is perhaps Kevin Kline as Otto, who plays with accents, charms his sister with Italian, and used to be a hitman for CIA - or so he says.
The plot is solid and funny, especially the end. The way things are going, you cannot tell what is really going to happen before the ending titles start to roll!… Full Review »
Feb 23, 2014An awesome script, wonderful acting especially from Kline and Cleese and damn funny from start to finish. Has more than a touch of Python humor in it but it still very sophisticated. This is a movie I have watched time and again over the years and never get tired of it.… Full Review »
Aug 24, 2013F***ing hilarious. Sophisticated, understandable, and genuinely funny. Me and my brother fell to the ground. Kevin Kline is the real guy to look at. His ineptitude cultivates in everyone else's f**k ups. He deserved the oscar. Why didn't he get the golden globe, I have no idea.… Full Review »