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  • Summary: Tripp Kennedy ambles into a bank near closing time, just as two different gangs unwittingly converge to rob it. A shoot-out erupts, and Tripp tackles the smart, pretty teller, Kaitlin, to protect her. The gangs--one clearly made up of pros and the other a couple of buffoons--have deadlockedTripp Kennedy ambles into a bank near closing time, just as two different gangs unwittingly converge to rob it. A shoot-out erupts, and Tripp tackles the smart, pretty teller, Kaitlin, to protect her. The gangs--one clearly made up of pros and the other a couple of buffoons--have deadlocked themselves in a Mexican standoff. The bank's security system starts the end-of-day lockdown and seals everyone into the building. As the night evolves, a hilarious game of cat and mouse ensues as Tripp and Kaitlin try to save the day, escape being killed, and avoid falling in love...almost. (IFC Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Aug 20, 2011
    58
    One thought that occurred to me while pacing myself through Flypaper: With the economy being what it is, will there be a rash of bank robbery movies?
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Aug 15, 2011
    50
    Given a bit of breathing room in the breathless script, Dempsey and Judd might have been able to develop some convincing chemistry, but relationship dynamics get squeezed out by relentless plotting.
  3. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Aug 19, 2011
    50
    Full of indie mannerisms - compulsive swearing, jokey violence, quirk-laden characters - Flypaper can't quite manage to find a style or a comic groove of its own.
  4. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Aug 16, 2011
    40
    It isn't long, however, before the film's caricatured bad-guy shtick starts to wear gossamer thin, and an overabundance of "clever" twists-no one is [Yawn] who they seem to be! - begins to sap whatever little goodwill has been built up.
  5. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Aug 19, 2011
    40
    It's a mess from start to finish, but there's still fun to be had in Rob Minkoff's caper comedy.
  6. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Aug 19, 2011
    38
    In the end, there's just a roomful of decent character actors in search of a point. For them, the titular Flypaper may have simply been a paycheck.
  7. Reviewed by: Una LaMarche
    Aug 24, 2011
    0
    Every once in a while a movie comes along that is so bad it makes you feel terrible for everyone involved. Flypaper, a new indie that's little more than a haphazard assemblage of clich├ęs, clunky camera tricks and cringe-worthy dialogue, is just such a film.

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  1. Oct 26, 2011
    10
    This film is amazing crazy. When everything goes out of control, goes not by plan. When almost everyone around is involved in what isThis film is amazing crazy. When everything goes out of control, goes not by plan. When almost everyone around is involved in what is happening somehow. Or might be it was planned by someone? Expand
  2. Mar 4, 2012
    10
    An amazing movie! I really thought this would be the kind of film the critics would enjoy, funny, dramatic, and clever in every sense of theAn amazing movie! I really thought this would be the kind of film the critics would enjoy, funny, dramatic, and clever in every sense of the word. However it does not contain a sentimental relationship with a horse, so you might want to look out! Collapse
  3. Jan 2, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is a quirky film with a completely eccentric front man.
    However do not come into this movie expecting a succinct genre fit. It's too elaborate for a regular robbery movie, yet pulls thematically from Murder on the Orient Express.
    Watch this at least 3 times for the full effect.
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  4. Dec 30, 2013
    7
    This is one of the strangest films I have ever seen and I really liked it. When Flypaper first started, it was absolutely ridiculous, to aThis is one of the strangest films I have ever seen and I really liked it. When Flypaper first started, it was absolutely ridiculous, to a point where I almost turned it off. If it wasn't for a huge cast I really like, I would have. The story starts off simple enough, a man is making a deposit at a bank and hitting on the pretty young teller, when armed men attempt a robbery, which is halted by another crew robbing the same bank at the same time. Suddenly, a customer is murdered by a mysterious third party and chaos ensues. From there the film is broken into three parts, including the hostages trying to figure out what's going on, the trained crew trying to break into the vault, and the redneck crew trying to get into the ATM's with massive amounts of plastic explosives. The story is crazy and hard to follow at first, but then it actually becomes pretty funny. Tripp (Patrick Dempsey) is convinced that something strange is going on and decides to investigate. Dempsey's OCD personality and crazy antics are funny, but the way the rest of the cast responds to him is what's really funny. As for the two crews they each have problems of their own, which also leads to some funny moments. The rest of the cast is full of stars, something you wouldn't expect in a film like this. Ashley Judd, Octavia Spencer, Jeffery Tambor, John Ventamiglia, and Mekhi Phiffer all have bit parts that in the end turn out to be important to the story, because as it turns out, Tripp is right, there is something really up going on. The weirdness and hilarity build to an Ocean's Elevenesq ending that was a pretty surprising twist. Right from the beginning, Flypaper seemed like an absolute bomb, but I stuck with it and it resulted in a ton of laughs, a somewhat interesting mystery, and an unexpected ending that will leave you speechless. Expand

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