About the Film
Harry Deane (Colin Firth) is a man with a plan. Art curator for media tycoon Lord Lionel Shahbandar (Alan Rickman), Harry devises an elaborate plot to con Shahbandar into purchasing a fake Monet painting. With the help of beautiful rodeo queen PJ Puznowski (Cameron Diaz), the pair hatch a scheme to fool Shahbandar into believing that Harry's expert forgery is the real deal and pocketing a hefty sum in the process. But with the con proving harder to pull off than he had first intended, Harry and PJ find themselves in increasingly hilarious situations in order to see the job through to the end.
Is this the same Coen's?
There is a saying in the literary world that you need to write what you know. I say that's rubbish but here we have an exception to my rule. The characterisation of british culture and manners in this film is so silly, it beggars belief that anyone could commit it to film. The story is bereft of subtlety, the characters so cliched and the dialogue so trite and yet delivered so forcefully that I would expect to study the credits and find that the writers were the progeny of some famous producer, but no, it is the Coen brothers. I am embarrassed for them. They are so much better than this.
An excellent cast wasted by a trite, unimaginative, and highly predictable story and a puerile script.
If the actors read these reviews- I ask all of you why did you agree to this script? I hope the money was good as I have wasted mine!
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