High Heels and Low Lifes
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two gal pals in London chance upon a bank heist and somehow insinuate themselves into all the larcenous goings-on. Wholesome nurse Shannon (Minnie Driver) and desperate actress Francis (Mary McCormack) quickly get in over their heads as Scotland Yard begins to investigate, while innocent bystanders get shot and the scheduled ransom drops are distressingly cash-free. Think THELMA & LOUISE meets LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If ever a mediocre movie were elevated by its two leading ladies, it’s this one. The script, plot, direction and overall package are fairly familiar, although delivered in a fast-paced and mindless entertaining style. High Heels and Low Lifes is yet another gangsters & guns heist comedy that any moviegoer will immediately recognize, with two noticeable highlights: Minnie Driver and Mary McCormack. While the plot that surrounds them is a generally recycled affair, the two actresses consistently transcend their familiar trappings. Although they’re meant to be mature, responsible adults, they consistently do some truly stupid things.
Suspension of disbelief is one thing, but to present two sane women who suddenly blackmail a gang of vicious criminals is simply too large a leap. The movie contains about a half-dozen glaring lapses in human (as well as movie) logic, and although the flick is by no means boring, it’s certainly not great either. Director Mel Smith (Bean), at the very least, keeps the movie sliding along at a quick pace, clocking in at a scant 82 minutes, as not to overstay its welcome. High Heels and Low Lifes is an innocuous and ultimately forgettable little movie, but those who have a taste for “caper comedies”, or those who admire the adorable Mss. Driver and McCormack, could find a much worse way to spend an hour and a half.
The main extra here is a full-length audio commentary with director Mel Smith and screenwriter Kim Fuller. It may not rank among the best commentaries ever recorded, but the two keep the tidbits flowing at a good pace, and listening to this track helped me to like the movie a little more. There’s also a minute-and-a-half montage called Action Overload which simply squeezes the movie’s more kinetic moments into a short rock video. Also worth a look is The Low Lifes and High Heels, a fairly entertaining “making of” piece that runs just under 20 minutes. Lastly, there is a small collection of theatrical trailers.
High Heels and Low Lifes held my interest for 80-some minutes, and it delivers a few very cute moments from the two stars, but there’s not much to it at all. If you’re a big sucker for Minnie Driver (as I am), this one’s probably worth a rental.