Rent Small Time Crooks (2000)

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1h 30min
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Ray Winkler (Woody Allen) is an ex-con with big dreams and an inability to hold down dishwashing jobs. His wife, Frenchy (Tracey Ullman), is a sardonic manicurist who reins Ray in, attempting to keep him grounded in reality. So when Ray comes to Frenchy with a half-baked plan to rob a bank, she's dead set against it: no way is she giving up their life savings so he can work with three dimwitted guys in a harebrained scheme. Yet Ray, with his neurotic charm, wins her over and even convinces her to run the front for their operation: a cookie store. Soon enough, their get-rich-quick scheme to rob a bank leaves them rolling in dough-but not the kind they had in mind.
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Jean Doumanian
Woody Allen
Comedy, Drama
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Run Time:
90 minutes
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
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Decent mid-period Woody. - Small Time Crooks review by Steve Mason

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Broad but slight comedy of manners with Woody atypically casting himself as a working class cultural wipeout.

The film begins with a story that's been told before, about a gang of hapless bank robbers led by the deadbeat, small time crook, Ray (Woody Allen) who lease a store in order to dig into a bank up the street. His wife Frenchy (Tracey Ullman) fronts the bakery and her biscuits are a sensation, so much so that they abandon the raid and become a filthy rich, if eccentrically managed corporation.

Thereafter the comedy relates to Ullman's compulsion to social climb, bringing her into contact with Hugh Grant, excellent as an oleaginous art dealer, richer, but no less a crook than Woody and his crew.

 It's a slender but funny comedy, with most of the laughs quite awkward as the new money clashes uncomfortably with the old. We are invited to laugh at Ray and Frenchy ourselves, so exaggeratedly trashy are their tastes. Woody and Tracey are good together, but the film gets a huge lift from Elaine May as her even dumber relative whose remarks are so idiotic that they appear to have a strange incidental wisdom.  

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