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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

Written By Awir Aditya on Thursday, March 29, 2012 | 9:16 AM


Genre: Crime/Drama/Mystery

Starring: Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headley, Anton Rodgers, Ian McDiarmid

A nice, enjoyable movie with some mystery, humour, twists and a sprinkle of fun is always a good watch. Some recipes never go bad. Lawrence Jameison (Caine) is a suave and sleek Englishman who makes a living out of tricking rich women off their money. He is English in every aspect that you can imagine and has a very methodological, well-planned and characteristic form of executing his cons. Freddy Benson (Martin) is as American as anyone can be and is Lawrence's counterpart from across the Atlantic. They both meet in a small French town which is Lawrence's home turf that Freddy is threatening to overtake. Freddy's raw, unsystematic and shabby style of working fails to impress Lawrence who underestimates his skill. The duo decide to have a face-off where they both would try to con the same lady of the same amount of money and the first one to do it takes it all. The movie is a brilliant spectacle of fine performances from two very accomplished artists and is a delight to watch. The half-way mark feels a drag with slow developments but once you get past the poor patch, its a thrilling climax for an astounding twist of events. A great, light-hearted mystery movie without the usual crime scenes.

Thumbs up: Great performances, fun watch
Thumbs down: Can get boring and dragged in some bits

Rating: 7.0/10
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