Life of Crime – There’s Something Familiar Going On

Rated R
98 minutes
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher, Mos Def, Will Forte, John Hawkes,  Mark Boone Junior

Jennifer Aniston as Mickey in "Life of Crime"
Jennifer Aniston as Mickey in “Life of Crime”

This is what happens when you kidnap a wife for ransom except the husband isn’t really interested in paying the $1-million dollars.

Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins) is a real estate guy who seems to be getting away with his illegal international transactions. When a couple of common criminals with little money learn how much Frank has in the bank they scheme to kidnap his wife Mickey (Jennifer Aniston) for ransom. Family friend Marshall (Will Forte)

is making it all too clear to Mickey how he feels about her. But serious complications arise when its realized Frank has a girlfriend by the name of Melanie (Isla Fisher) and he doesn’t really care that his wife has been kidnapped.

This crime story set in the 70’s in Detroit, provides dark humor, some clever plot twists (though you kind of see them coming) and several great actors portraying some interesting characters. (Who isn’t just a little bit afraid of Mark Boone Junior.) Life of Crime looks a little familiar. Very similar to Ruthless People in the 1980’s. But this one is based on a novel by Elmore Leonard, published in 1978 called “The Switch.”

It may have arrived on the perfect weekend. Labor Weekend typically doesn’t get much movie traffic but if it rains in enough parts of the country, Life of Crime could generate a little more revenue than a weekend against the films anticipated to hit theatres this fall.

Arruga! – 0
Fidget Factor – 0
Age Range – 13 and up
Overall Grade – B-

One thought on “Life of Crime – There’s Something Familiar Going On”

  1. This sounds pretty good! Perfect to watch all alone in a dark theater…not that I would ever do that. Thanks for the funny, helpful review!

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