Reviewed byKATO-SUBZEROVote: 9/10/10
15 October 2016: Masterminds is a good funny movie, once again provingthat a comedy movie can be funny without all the hard core profanitycursing in a movie. Greek American actor, Zack Galifianakis is greatwith all the Abbott & Costello gags. Actress, Kristen Wiig is funny,talented, sexy and cute. Owen Wilson always stands out and does a goodcomedy performance. The rest of the cast is ho hum boring.
This movie is on the comedy movie lines of "Airplane", "Naked Gun","Paul Blart". All of them are great movies, funny and proof is Not alot of unnecessary cursing is needed to be a successful movie.
For good clean fun that little kids can also watch, I recommend seeingthis movie for a good laugh.
Reviewed byDave McClain ([email protected])Vote: 8/10/10
Stories about stupid criminals are funny. And when those stories aretrue, besides laughing, we find ourselves shaking our heads in mockingdisbelief. Just think about how many times you've read such stories inan Email or heard them on the radio or on TV and how amused you werepicturing what was being described. Well, "Masterminds" (PG-13, 1:34)brings us a true story of stupid criminals in vivid detail helpedalong by some of the funniest actors in movies today including a few"Saturday Night Live" veterans. This ensemble comedically dramatizesthe true story of a 1997 North Carolina Loomis Fargo robbery, whichremains one of the biggest heists in U.S. history. Although the scriptby Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer and Emily Spivey, along with thedirection of Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite", "Nacho Libre") and thecomic stylings of the talented cast, adds a significant amount of humorto the action, the film's story and many of its details stick veryclose to the facts of the case.
David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) is a clumsy and socially awkward, butbasically honest and well-meaning armored car driver in Charlotte,North Carolina. He is engaged to the even more awkward andself-centered trailer park dwelling Jandice (played with a sort ofcatatonic glee by SNL's Kate McKinnon), but David has fallen for hisfellow driver, Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig). Kelly lives (also in amobile home) with an old friend named Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) andhis wife, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Ellis). When Steve hears on the newsabout a recent Loomis Fargo robbery, he hatches a scheme to use Kelly'sconnection to David to get him to rob Charlotte's Loomis Fargo. Kellyis reluctant to play on David's affections, but she'd love to get ashare of that money and David is tempted by the promise of a new lifewith Kelly down in Mexico. After Kelly "trains" David for the thingsthat he'll have to do to commit the robbery (and how to possibly "liveoff the land" until it's "safe" for Kelly to join him in Mexico), andwith the help of a few other down-on-their-luck (and none-too-bright)co-conspirators, the plan is all set.
Let the comedic missteps begin! David is a trusted employee with keysto a Loomis Fargo vault, which he accesses after hours. In spite of hisnatural clumsiness and lack of logical thinking, David somehow managesto load a van with a fortune in bundled bills and gets the vehicle tohis fellow criminals waiting outside. They stash the cash, giving Davida few thousand dollars (stuffed into his underwear) for his flight toMexico, where he thinks that he'll soon be reunited with Kelly. Back inNorth Carolina, an FBI agent (played by SNL's Leslie Jones) knows thatDavid did the deed and she's working hard to piece together the rest ofthe puzzle. Steve gets nervous and decides to take out a contract onDavid, hiring an old friend turned hit man, Mike McKinney (JasonSudeikis) for the job. Mike turns out to be a pretty unhinged hit manand his trip to Mexico in search of David ends up being a comedy oferrors. David eventually figures out that he's the patsy and does hisbest to turn the tables on his partners in crime.
"Masterminds" is a hilarious send-up of that real-life heist from thelate 90s. And not all comedies that depict real-life stupid criminalsdo the job this well. (See 2013's unfunny "Pain & Gain". And by "see",I mean as an example. Don't actually watch the movie.) This script'senhancements to the true story make for good plotting and make greatuse of the cast's significant and diverse comedic talents. The humorcomes from a combination of the colorful characters' personalitytraits, Galifianakis' talent for slapstick, some gross-out humor and alot of good old fashioned stupid criminal mistakes. The movie neveroversells its characters or its humor, even actually keeping somemoments too low-key. Not all the jokes work, but there are plenty ofgreat sight gags and other laugh-out-loud moments that make this movieexactly what such cinematic experiences are supposed to be fun. "A-"
Reviewed bysubxerogravityVote: 6/10/10
Despite having comedy juggernauts like Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudekis andLeslie Jones (The people who made me laugh other than...), ZachGalifianakis was the powerhouse genius that made this movie flow. Whenhe was not on the screen, it did not flow like when he was on, and hewas always on. He played stupid so brilliantly that he will have youbusting a gut uncontrollably. The more dimwitted the funner it got.
Proving the It's so funny it's true statement is correct, Galifianakisleads an ensemble cast in a story based on true events about a securityguard leading a boring life about to marry the only woman who wouldhave him (Played hilariously by Kate Mckinnon) until his co-worker(Kristen Wiig) used her lady charm to convince him to help her friend(Played Owen Wilson, but not in his best role) rob their employer. Nowhe's on the run from The FBI (Played by the Hilarious, Leslie Jones),and a hit man hired to keep him from talking (Played by also HilariousJason Sudekis).
It's a pretty well laid out heist movie, but I got to say, it has somany comic masterminds in it you'd expect that I would laugh so hard, Idie of it, but the only real worthy laughs come from Zach Galifinakis,who took the simplistic and turned it into comic gold. It's good enoughjust to see him do that.
David Ghantt discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people's money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime. Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash...only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, they leave behind a glaring trail of evidence. Now on the lam and in over his head, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man, Mike McKinney, and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most.