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Synopsis:

In this action comedy inspired by true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people’s money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime.

Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash…only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, they leave behind a glaring trail of evidence. Now on the lam and in over his head, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man, Mike McKinney (Jason Sudeikis), and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most.

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What We Thought: 

In some ways Masterminds is disappointing. With an outstanding cast, the film is nowhere near as funny as it should be. But on the other hand, for a film with no buzz, no real promotion and is coming out in the dead-zone that is late September, it’s not surprising that it’s not very good.

The movie was actually supposed to come out last year. It was shot in 2014, but because of financial issues with Relativity, it got pushed back and back. It’s funny that 3 of the leads in Ghostbusters are in this and it’s coming out after that disappointed when this was made a full year before that.

Even though I do like the cast, I had low expectations. I think that helped. I did find myself laughing more than I thought I would. Zach Galifianakis’ hair and wardrobe made me laugh. His engagement pictures with Kate McKinnon made me laugh as did a few zingers and one liners. Is it the best work of the cast? Far from it.

I think the biggest problem with the film is that it almost feels phoned in. Kristen Wiig, Zach, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, they can do this type of comedy without breaking a sweat. The outtakes in the end credits are funnier than the entire movie and shows that the movie itself could have been hilarious. Just let these people do what they do and go with it!

Plus the concept of the movie is funny to begin with. It’s based on the true story of terrible criminals convincing an employee to help them rob Loomis Fargo. They actually got away with $17 million, the single highest cash theft in US history. To this day $2 million is still unaccounted for. Bad criminals stealing that type of dough with these funny people should be a slam dunk. It somehow wasn’t.

Overall Masterminds isn’t terrible, but it’s also not very good. I’d probably watch it again down the road, but don’t expect The Hangover, Horrible Bosses or anything like that from it.

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Cast & Crew:

  • Jared Hess
  • Jason Sudeikis
  • Kristen Wiig
  • Owen Wilson
  • Zach Galifianakis
  • Leslie Jones
  • Kate McKinnon

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