Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5. USA/United Kingdom/France, 2007. Iberville Productions, Virtual Studios, Wild Bunch. Screenplay by Woody Allen. Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond. Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Gareth Wiley. Music by Philip Glass. Production Design by Maria Djurkovic. Costume Design by Jill Taylor. Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter. Toronto International Film Festival 2007.
One of Woody Allen’s most miserable misfires, an unwatchable, unfunny comedy about two brothers (Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell) who are strapped for cash and decide to get into business with their shady uncle (Tom Wilkinson). Their mother is very proud of her wealthy brother, thinking that he has made his money legitimately and has no idea that he is actually a career criminal. Our guys decide to go for it anyway, particularly as they need the money to finance a boat they long to own and because Farrell is constantly getting into trouble with his spending at the track, but eventually it all gets above their heads. Long, listless scenes of uninteresting dialogue (not common for Allen, truthfully) and a flat, unappealing look make for a great waste of time.