Movie Review: Flypaper (2011)
“Two Sets of Bank Robbers. One Very Sticky Heist.”
Director: Rob Minkoff
Cast: Patrick Dempsey, Ashley Judd, Tim Blake Nelson
Synopsis: A man with personal problems finds himself caught up in the midst of not one but two robberies in progress.
This probably looked quite good on paper – but unfortunately that’s where Flypaper should have stayed. Patrick Dempsey (The Stuff) plays some kind of idiot savant who walks into not one, but two bank robberies taking place simultaneously. One crew are slick and professional – they wear boiler suits and masks, and each knows exactly what it is they have to do – while the other crew are a pair of rednecks nicknamed Peanut (Tim Blake Nelson – Lincoln) and Jelly (Pruitt Taylor Vince – Nurse Betty, 13 Sins) who haven’t really got a clue. As Peanut and Jelly have come to loot the ATMs and the others are after the contents of the vault, they each decide to continue with their respective robberies while keeping out of the other group’s way.
Added to the mix are the usual hostage types: the aforementioned Dempsey, who possesses superhuman analytical skills but is unravelling fast because he has no medication, an attractive but slightly cool teller, an uptight teller, a creepy security guard, an anal loans officer, an avuncular manager. They each have their part to play as the story crawls towards its confused and poorly thought out conclusion.
A film’s running time is often a clue to the quality of its contents, and many films that run less than 90 minutes prove to be a hack job arising from too much unusable material – after all, nobody sets out to make an unusually short feature film. Flypaper clocks in at somewhere around 75 minutes without credits, and the plain truth is that it just isn’t funny. It contains hardly any laughs, and it’s easy to feel sorry for the actors on the screen because they have nowhere to hide while the writers and directors get to remain relatively anonymous – if they’ve got any sense, that is.
(Reviewed 4th November 2011)