Reviewed byThomas L OritiVote: 9/10/10
I have seen this film so many times and never get sick of it. The castingisbrilliant with Dan Futterman and Stuart Townsend in fantasticperformances.
The plot is quite original following Dylan and Jez - two English conartistswho are tricking people out of their money by selling voice recognitioncomputers and other false devices. They need two million dollars to buy thehouse they never had - having grown up as orphaned children. On one oftheirscams they employ a secretary and medical student named Georgie, who isconvinced they are raising money for an orphans project. This adds romanticthemes into the story to make it even more entertaining. A stand out is theinteresting relationship that Dylan and Jez have with each other, Dylanbeing the fast talking American and Jez being the British techno genius.
I recommend 'Shooting Fish' to all movie-goers. It has a great soundtrack,is funny, romantic, creative and a great achievement for Britishfilmmaking.
Reviewed byTyler LarsonVote: 9/10/10
This movie is simply great. While it perhaps lacks a larger socialmessage,other than the simple "do good with what you have", it is a smart, funnymovie which definitely has its moments, both cinematic and dramatic. Therags to riches story of two orphan con men: one, a genius Brit, the other,the American spin doctor. Together they engage in "shooting fish", orfleecing rich people of their extra cash, in order to buy themselves thelavish house they've each coveted because of their simple upbringing. Thestory is fun and engaging, the characters seem very very real, and thedifferent cons they pull off together are extremely funny. I won't giveaway any of the story, except to say that the has a nice, unexpectedtwist.An excellent date movie, or even to take in with a couple of closefriends.You may not laugh out loud the whole time like you did at "There'sSomethingAbout Mary" or other slapstick comedies, but you'll definitely be smilingthe whole time, and by the time the credits role you'll simply be in amuchbetter mood than you were when you started.
Reviewed byjhcluesVote: 7/10/10
Take a couple of con men who see an opportunity to separate a mark from hismoney in just about everything, throw in an attractive young woman with analtruistic agenda, blend together for about ninety-three minutes and theresult is `Shooting Fish,' an amiable, entertaining comedy, directed byStefan Schwartz. It's the story of two guys who grew up in orphanages onopposite sides of the ocean, Dylan (Dan Futterman) in America, Jez (StuartTownsend) in England; and who, by the time they had reached the age ofconsent, had each been endowed with a particular talent: Dylan has the giftof gab, Jez is a technical wizard. Dylan's gift has quickly gotten him intohot water with the wrong kind of people, however, and to stay healthy (read: `Alive') he flees to England, where he meets Jez. And it's afriendship/partnership born in scam/scheme heaven. If there's a way to makea fast buck, they know it-- from selling bogus computers, to sellinginsulation for homes that's never installed, to entering any and everycontest that comes down the pike. If there's a nickel in it, they'rein.
Then one day they hire a girl from the temp pool to help them out with oneof their scams. Georgie (Kate Beckinsale) is beautiful, smart, and has acause she's trying to fund, so she needs the job; but from day one she's onto what Dylan and Jez are trying to pull. She stays on board, however, whenDylan convinces her that they are something like modern day Robin Hoods--that the money they're `raising' is going to orphans. What he doesn't tellher is that the `orphans' he's referring to is them. And Dylan is a bornsalesman-- not to mention the fact that he's a real charmer-- and the threeof them become a real team.
Schwartz delivers a film that is in no way exceptional nor particularlymemorable, but it is entertaining. It's exactly what it promises to be: adiverting hour and a half or so that provides some laughs and a good time. It's pleasant fare that's inoffensive and features some engagingperformances and a story that will keep you involved. There are a couple ofscenes, in fact, that are downright hilarious. And Schwartz has good timingand sets a pace that keeps it all moving right along, which, when you add itall up, makes for a satisfying, enjoyable experience.
Futterman has a winning personality and a resonant, mesmerizing voice thatfits his character perfectly. Dylan is the salesman you hope you'll nevermeet, because if you do, chances are you'll walk away with the deed to thebridge. He's a likable heel, convincingly brought to life by Futterman (whois probably best known for his role of Vincent Gray in the `Judging Amy' TVseries). It's a good performance, and one of the strengths of thefilm.
As Jez, Townsend does a fine job, too, and though he's overshadowed a bitby Dylan-- intentionally the flashier of the two-- Jez is the one whosecures the sympathy of the audience. After all, this is the guy who atleast seems a bit remorseful as he's taking other people's money and trust. And it's interesting to compare Townsend's fairly reserved performance herewith his role of the vampire Lestat in the more recent `Queen of theDamned.' He's a fine young actor whose style contrasts nicely withFutterman, and along with Beckinsale they make quite the team of scamartists.
The one who draws the attention, however, is the lovely and charismaticKate Beckinsale, who is beguiling in the role of Georgie. She makes hercharacter accessible, and plays her with a savvy, rather than naivesensibility, and it's a portrayal that works well. Most importantly, shemakes Georgie real, with a winsome appeal that makes you care about her andwhat happens to her. She's the most grounded of the trio, and it's hercharacter that keeps the story within the realm of credibility. This maynot be the stuff Oscars are made of, but it's an enjoyable, engagingperformance that will win you over, without question.
The supporting cast includes Rowena Cooper (Jez's Teacher), Myles Anderson(Jez, aged 8), Jacob Macoby (Dylan, aged 8), Jane Lapotaire (Dylan'sHeadmistress), Tom Chadbon (Mr. Greenaway), Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Ross), PeterMcNamara (Geoff), Arabella Weir (Mrs. Stratton-Luce), Nickolas Grace (Mr.Stratton-Luce) and Claire Cox (Floss). An easy-going comedy with enoughtwists and turns to keep you on your toes, `Shooting Fish' is a solid, feelgood film that will put a smile on your face and provide a pleasantevening's entertainment. And in the final analysis, that's not such a baddeal; and it's all a part of the magic of the movies. I rate this one7/10.
Dylan and Jez are con artists, Dylan is a charming American who's run from some characters in the states and Jez is an English techno nerd. During one of their scams selling a voice recognition computer they hire Georgie as a secretary for the job. The romantic triangle between Dylan, Jez and Georgie appears, but she is also not a secretary, but a student, and her marriage with rich Roger is upcoming.