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He has a firm handshake, a ready smile, and some strange ideas about friendship. His name is Lester Long and when the bodies start piling up he generously decides to share the blame. Now the F.B.I. has got the whole town under observation, and Lester has put his new friend Clay over a barrel. The only way for Clay to set things straight is to beat one twisted individual at his own game of deceit and double-crossing.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 51
- Fresh: 32
- Rotten: 19
- Average Rating: 6.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A film that delights by confounding expectations.
Rotten: Slanted as a black comedy, but fails to secure the sufficiently outre tone (let alone any real suspense) needed to make it more than a middling retread.
Fresh: It's got unpredictable plot twists and unexpected laughs coming out of dark corners.
Fresh: This quirky comedy thriller, produced by Ridley Scott, is both blackly funny and, at times, tensely disturbing and quite macabre.
Deserves more attention
A fun and twisted black comedy/thriller that's been unjustly overlooked.
I've loved this movie since the first time I saw it, and have watched it more times than I can count! It's funny and disturbing at the same time. Vince Vaughn is much more disturbing in this movie than any others I've seen him in, and Janeane Garofalo is hysterical in her understated way. Phil Morris, Janeane Garofalo's FBI agent partner, while having barely any lines in the movie, is a wonderful actor in this picture. His facial expressions are far better than having him recite lines that Garofalo does perfectly on her own. And Vince Vieluf, as a sheriff's deputy named Barney, is hysterical. See this movie!!!!!