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  • Summary: Sometimes the only way to make it is to fake it. That's what failed painter Gus Bishop discovers when a fast-talking thief makes off with one of his works and makes up a story the art world can't resist.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Any story's a good story if it's told well, and this one is, with chuckles to spare.
  2. This well-cast film does with a lighter hand for art what "The Producers" does for show business.
  3. 70
    Spins a warm and fuzzy tale about love and happiness in the cutthroat art business.
  4. 50
    Though smartly written and handsomely produced (the film's visual polish is remarkable, given its modest budget and the swanky settings the story dictates), this film would benefit greatly from more bite.
  5. 40
    John Waters covered the same territory in his underrated 1998 comedy "Pecker," but without Waters' colorful mix of outrageousness and affection, Posner can't stir up the rancor to score even a few glancing blows at an easy target.
  6. All strained artifice, inhabited by individuals who either lack dimension or are merely stereotypes. The result is a movie not nearly as amusing as its makers may think.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    Posner's dishearteningly unsophisticated treatment itself rings false.

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