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Where the Money Is
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by Ophelia13

"Another Con, Another Sting, Another Day? Can I live like this, too?"
4 stars

Right off the bat, I’d like to say that I love crime movies where it’s the bad guy against the world. Especially if we can root for the bad guy. Paul Newman is the king of this genre. He’s been a card shark, (The Sting), a pool playing hustler, (The Color Of Money, The Hustler), and now...a comatose bank robber.

To look at his career you wouldn’t think that this would be the same Paul Newman who sold salad dressing to fund charity organizations. Maybe it’s typecasting, but maybe not. He is really good at this. He can absolutely become a crook...but not a bad crook, mind you. The kind of crook who just has to win, or we think ‘What has become of the world, when a nice man like that can’t succeed?”

That’s more than I can say for Linda Fiorentino. I’m not saying she’s a bad actress. She’s quite good, actually. But if she’s going to be on the wrong side of the law, she should start out that way. The transitions (if they can be called that) from nice prom queen to aggravated robber don’t come through her coarse monotone. She tries to portray a whole range of emotions with a flat, emotionless tone, and it just doesn’t do it for me.

“Where The Money Is” is, simply, a crime movie. no more, no less. It’s not dark enough to be noir, and not funny enough to be comedy. It’s straight across the board; it doesn’t try to be a million different things at once. This lets you realize the simplicity and utter coolness of the plot.

Carol (Fiorentino) is a nurse in an old folks home, happily married to Wayne, her high school sweetheart (Dermot Mulroney, whining constantly and reminding me of Freddie Prinze Jr. in a very strong way). She and Wayne were the prom king and queen, and you know, it just seemed right for them to be together. She lives a normal life. Until insert suspenseful music here a creepy old man in a wheelchair shows up.
You see, this creepy old man has been watched closely for a long time, even though he doesn’t speak (thanks to a stroke) and pretty much imitates a rutabaga all the time. He used to be a bank robber. Yep, this pitiful wad of human being used to take other people’s money for a living, and he got away with it! Until he got caught. Our friend the turnip is called Harry Manning, not as though he’d know the difference.
Or would he? This isn’t a surprise, especially considering Carol’s desperate attempts to wake him up, but Harry isn’t really that out of it. He’s a hell of an actor, though. At one key scene, he winds up flying off a dock in a wheelchair...and he’s still not moving. But he’s really awake. So Carol suddenly gets this obsession-she wants to rob a bank, too.

Sure, you’re saying. That’s realistic. Maybe not, but you can’t help but enjoy the ride. The sly, understated script slips right into your ears, and you feel like you could be having the same conversation with the person sitting next to you. It, like Paul Newman, just charms the whole experience up for you.

Above all, remember that you’ve never lived until someone’s said to you “Come out slowly with your hands up.” while aiming a deadly weapon at your head.

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originally posted: 04/22/00 23:18:00
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User Comments

11/12/01 Monday Morning Needs more tit but Paul still rules. 4 stars
2/27/01 Richard R. Lund Newman is OK, otherwise a pretty poor flick 2 stars
5/04/00 cathalean hi how are you i would like 1000,00 5 stars
4/23/00 Tim Vroom Give me a break... this movie sucked 2 stars
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  08-Feb-2001 (M)

Directed by
  Marek Kanievska

Written by
  E. Max Frye

  Paul Newman
  Linda Fiorentino
  Dermot Mulroney
  Susan Barnes
  Frankie Faison

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