Review Date: May 15, 2000
Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Producers: Jean Doumanian
Woody Allen as Ray Winkler
Tracey Ullman as Frenchy Winkler
Of course, there isn't much originality to the overall story, most of which can be foreseen as the film moves along, but the characters are fun to watch, Woody is his typical stuttering goofy self and the feel-good ending will most likely satisfy the majority. I thought the conclusion was a little too corny for my taste, but then again, I'm a jaded ol' critic, I am : ) One thing to note is that the trailers make it seem like the film is all about the bank robbery, when really it actually takes off from that premise pretty early on. In fact, the three dum-dums who help Woody with the heist more or less disappear about halfway through the film, as Hugh Grant enters the picture. The standout in the cast would have to be Elaine May as the not-too-bright cousin in the bunch, and Tracey Ullman, who nails her role to perfection. It's also interesting to note that Michael Rapaport has finally given up on his career as an actor, and affectionately embraced the odd choice for a profession, playing the "doofus" in every other movie.
All in all, the film has plenty of laughs, delivers Woody firmly tucked back in his humor saddle, and presents a story interesting enough, albeit predictable, to satisfy all Allen fans, and even some of the rest of ya'll.