Again I must apologise for the late posting of this blog but I have had an incredibly taxing work schedule as of late. This weeks film was Small Time Crooks and follows Woody in as a low-beat conman who accidentally makes it famous.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Ray (Woody Allen) is a small-time crook who scrapes a living and dreams of riches. When he accidentally manages to gain a legitimate fortune he and his wife (Tracy Ullman) begin to enjoy the high-life. However the lifestyle soon becomes taxing on their marriage as Ray fails to embrace the expenses money has to offer and his wife begins an affair with money grabbing David (Hugh Grant).

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THE GOOD

The film is good in the sense that is does not mess around as some of the other Allen films have. There is very little exposition in this film; the audience is driven straight into the centre of the plot and that’s fine as the characters are all fairly archetypal and don’t need to be fleshed out to a major extent.

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Woody is once more on top form with his witty, narcissistic opinions on the upper-class society making for some great comedy moments. Hugh Grant is also pleasant in his role as a money-grabbing art dealer. The film is underlined by the fast paced narrative meaning that the audience has no time to think about the problems of the film as they are swept away by what is happening.

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THE BAD

Although the characters are great, they do feel at time a little too stereotypical; there is always a sense that the world created in this film is not real. Yet the film attempts to strive for realism; giving it a very odd tone.

The film is a also a little too ridiculous at times; yes it is consistently funny but moments of the film turn into a complete farce and take things a little bit too far.

ALLEN SCALE

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The film scores 8/10 with only sex and Jews missing.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Small Time Crooks is a fast paced romp of film which borderline the line of ridiculous and hilarious. Three Woody’s, giving it a total of 7.

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