Masterminds

Movie:   Masterminds

Rating:  3 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:    David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) is a young man with big dreams but limited potential (as well as IQ).  He has a steady but low paying job as a driver for the Loomis Fargo armored car company.  He is engaged to be married to Jandice (Kate McKinnon), but has a fantasy of being with co-worker Kelly Campbell (Kristin Wiig).  David seems destined to plod through life with his stifled dreams until Kelly propositions him with a wild scheme to rob the armored car company and run off with her to sunny Mexico to live the good life.  David, normally a straight arrow kind of guy, wavers in the face of his fantasy babe painting a life of exotic fun and adventure (and sex), and his will power crumbles.

Enter sleezeball Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson), the brains behind the armored car idea, staying behind the curtain and pulling Kelly’s strings.  The robbery plan is actually pretty simple, but not all goes as planned.  As things unravel, hitman Mike McKinney (Jason Sudeikis) is needed to take care of loose ends.  Of course law enforcement is all over the case, in the person of FBI special agent Scanlon (Leslie Jones).  Events spiral out of control, as greed and desperation drive our characters to their destinies.

This film is billed as a comedy, and there are certainly many amusing moments that are entertaining as hell.  What is even more interesting is that this movie is based on real events and actual people involved in the 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery in North Carolina that resulted in 17 million dollars being stolen.  Some of the story line devices in the film are fictitious, but a lot of it actually happened.  Apparently it is possible for some real knuckleheads to execute a robbery for a staggering amount of loot.  This is practicality a long Saturday Night Live skit with this cast.  Watch the film and enjoy the antics of a solid gold cast of comic actors.

Dialogue Nuggets:  David Ghantt – “All I ever wanted was adventure; that’s what got me into the armored car business.”

Kelly to David – “Man, you just shot yourself in the butt hole, went right down the crack.”

Steve to David – “I need you to come back from planet cornball and concentrate on the robbery!”

David to Kelly – “I had to make myself a disguise.  I look like Gene Shalit from the Today Show.”

Agent Scanlon – “She called me a dude!”

David – “I’m starting to feel like a corn dog at a hot dog party.”

Jandice to Kelly – “NO, NOT THE VAGAWAY!”  (Note:  this line is from funniest scene in the movie)

David – “I’d rob a million banks for you.  I would!”

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot:  Seriously, who would wear a white tuxedo with a camouflage bow tie and cummerbund to a wedding?

Nitnoid Fact:  Jim Carrey was originally signed on to play the part of David Ghantt but dropped out.

 

 

 

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