Small Time Crooks

Small Time Crooks

Woody Allen (2000)

90min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Woody Allen drops a couple of social rungs to lampoon his hermetically sealed Manhattan surroundings in this throwback to his earlier wisecracking comedies. There's much to enjoy in Tracey Ullman's splendid performance as the nouveau riche cookie tycoon who seeks acceptance by taking a culture crash-course with highbrow Hugh Grant. Allen's inverted snobbery is strewn with entertainingly sulky acid drops and Elaine May's ditzy turn as Ullman's cousin is priceless. It's a shame, however, that Allen the director adopts such a patronising approach to his proletarian characters while aiming to expose the pretensions of the chattering classes. It's good, but not quite vintage.

Summary

A petty thief plots to rob a bank by tunnelling in from the vacant shop next door, so he gets his wife to open a bakery as a cover for the heist. Unfortunately, the robbery goes awry - but the cookie shop proves a big hit, providing the crooks with an unexpected source of riches. Comedy, written, directed by and starring Woody Allen. With Tracey Ullman, Hugh Grant, Elaine May and Michael Rapaport.

Cast & Crew

Ray Winkler Woody Allen
David Hugh Grant
Frenchy Winkler Tracey Ullman
May Elaine May
Denny Michael Rapaport
Tommy Tony Darrow
Benny Jon Lovitz
George Blint George Grizzard
Chi Chi Potter Elaine Stritch
Director Woody Allen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Film FourAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy