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Small Time Crooks

Small Time Crooks

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Woody Allen has grown up a lot since Take the Money and Run and it shows. His days of channeling Bergman into his highbrow urbanite dramas may have come to an end. Woody Allen returns to his caper roots With Small Time Crooks. Allen goes slumming as Ray Winkler, a petty crook with dreams of robbing a bank. After Celebrity and the revolting Deconstructing Harry, this lightweight caper is a welcomed change of pace though Small Time Crooks reveals itself to be as silly and inconsequential as, well, Take the Money and Run. Ray and his wife Frenchie (Tracey Ullman) live simple and dream big. Allen ridiculously overplays Ray’s gauche proclivities and sexist demeanor in order to emphasize the character’s disgust for his wife. Frenchie bakes cookies while Ray hatches up a plan to rob a bank by buying a company two buildings next door. While Ray and his gang of crooks dig their way into the bank, Frenchie and her cousin May (Elaine May) sell cookies as a front. The criminals fail to rob the bank but Frenchie manages to turn the cookie shop into a multi-million dollar industry. It’s a cute turn of events and Small Time Crooks could have easily ended as soon as Steve Kroft hosts a documentary on Winklers’s success. Ray and Frenchie move to the Upper East Side and try to fit in among the social elite. Hugh Grant stars as an art dealer who tries to mold Frenchie into a cultured woman while trying to get inside her wallet. Bullets Over Broadway this ain’t though Small Time Crooks should be seen for the great Elaine May’s runaway performance. During the film’s funniest sequence, May tries to divert attention from Ray by running at the mouth about the weather to a group of partygoers.

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Distributor
DreamWorks Pictures
Runtime
94 min
Rating
PG
Year
2000
Director
Woody Allen
Screenwriter
Woody Allen
Cast
Woody Allen, Tracy Ullman, Michael Rapaport, Elaine May, Jon Lovitz, Hugh Grant, Tony Darrow