Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 2001. Davis Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Robert Dunn, Paul Guay, Stephen Mazur. Cinematography by Dean Semler. Produced by John Davis, Irving Ong. Music by John Debney. Production Design by Lilly Kilvert. Costume Design by Gary Jones. Film Editing by William Steinkamp.
Disappointing comedy that should have been better considering the talent involved. Sigourney Weaver is eye-popping as a con artist who, between jobs taking men for all they’re worth, has a pretty big problem to deal with: her daughter (Jennifer Love Hewitt). Mom has taught daughter dearest the grift, but little Lolita wants to go legit, which she is given the opportunity to do when the ladies find themselves at a beautiful Florida resort and daughter discovers true romance with the local bartender (Jason Lee, winning personality thoroughly intact). Gene Hackman is hilarious as the smoking addict that Weaver picks as her next project, and Ray Liotta is almost reminiscent of his brilliant work in Something Wild as one of Weaver’s previous jobs gone wrong. Featuring some very funny moments, this out of control comedy starts off so right and then squeezes too much into its last third, while Hewitt’s lack of any comedic timing whatsoever soon destroy what could have been a very charming moment for her.