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The Ladykillers (2004)
USA / English
"The greatest criminal minds of all time have finally met their match. "
An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a band in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting landlord: a sharp old woman.
Tom Hanks Professor G.H. Dorr
Irma P. Hall Marva Munson
Marlon Wayans Gawain MacSam
J.K. Simmons Garth Pancake
Tzi Ma The General
Ryan Hurst Lump Hudson
Diane Delano Mountain Girl
George Wallace Sheriff Wyner
John McConnell Deputy Sheriff
Jason Weaver Weemack Funthes
Stephen Root Fernand Gudge
Lyne Odums Rosalie Funthes (as Baadja-Lyne Odums)
Walter K. Jordan Elron (as Walter Jordan)
George Anthony Bell Preacher
Greg Grunberg TV Commercial Director
Director: Ethan Coen,Joel Coen
Producer: Ethan Coen,Joel Coen,Tom Jacobson,Barry Josephson,Barry Sonnenfeld
Writer: William Rose,Joel Coen
Marlon Wayans - An Obsence & Unfunny Person
I watched this movie primarily because it starred Tom Hanks. His scenes with Irma Hall as "Marva" (the landlady) provide the only highlights in this otherwise disappointing movie. I gave the movie 3 stars - one for each of the Hanks & Hall enjoyable performances and another for a slight sprinkling of humor found throughout the film (for example, scenes in the Sheriff's office).

The movie had great remake potential but was squandered by the foul-mouthed and unfunny Marlon Wayans. I'm not against the use of swear words in films but the foulness of his language was excessive - and not even remotely humorous. As I watched his performance, I said to myself: "Is this funny? Am I supposed to be laughing at this?"

I imagine that Marlon's character was included in the film to provide contrast against the civility of the professor (Hanks) - but the result was an abysmal failure. Why ruin a movie with the inclusion of this kind of character and his obscene language? With a little more imaginative writing a genuinely funny part could have been created.

"The Ladykillers" is an example of a very annoying trend in film these days - directors seem to think that they simply have to turn someone like Marlon loose and the obscene results will generate side-splitting laughs. Well, quite the opposite actually occurs. Obscene language and gestures used excessively in films such as this one are actually ugly and repulsive. The use of such language demonstrates a lack of respect both for the other characters being fictionally addressed in the film and also for the audience watching it. Many viewers unfortunately then take such obscene film language/gestures as being the norm in society and hence acceptable for them to use in their outside the theater world - but "cool" it is not.

Foul-mouthed humor as presented in this film demonstrates a lack of creativity (i.e. there's nothing imaginative in using the same 4-letter words over and over again). Marlon and his foul-mouthed humor does not result in impressive screen-time. It simply is not funny and and only serves to sour any real comedy presented in the film.

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 4
Imdb rating: 6.2
Musician: Carter Burwell
Running time: 104 min
Subtitles: Svenska
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3