Bil’s rating (out of 5): B. USA, 2001. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Turman/Morrissey Company, Hyde Park Entertainment. Screenplay by Matthew Chapman, based on the novel by Donald E. Westlake. Cinematography by Anastas N. Michos. Produced by Ashok Amritraj, Wendy Dytman. Music by Tyler Bates. Production Design by Howard Cummings. Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland. Film Editing by Garth Craven, Nick Moore.
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 (Martin Lawrence) who gets embroiled in a battle of wills when he is apprehended during a heist and ends up being robbed by the victim (Danny DeVito). 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.