What’s The Worst That Could Happen? (2001)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B

USA, 2001.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Turman/Morrissey Company, Hyde Park Entertainment.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

A Donald E. Westlake novel has once again proven to make for an awkward and unhip comedy on screen.  Fernando Trueba’s half-baked Two Much is followed by this comedy about a high-end thief () who gets embroiled in a battle of wills when he is apprehended during a heist and ends up being robbed by the victim (). The expensive ring that DeVito now owns thanks to taking it off Lawrence’s finger becomes the main object of contention between these two, who now fight back and forth to see who can do the most damage to whose career. Some potentially hilarious scenes are flatly directed by Sam Weisman and left way beneath their potential, and Lawrence’s overdone physical humour kills everything else that could have been in the least bit funny. Despite a talented cast and a witty storyline, nothing here flies.

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