Gambit

  • 12
  • Michael Hoffman (2012)
  • US
  • 85 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

An art curator tries to get even with his bullying boss in this patchy comedy caper, based on the 1966 Michael Caine/Shirley MacLaine movie. Colin Firth dons the specs but makes the part of Harry Deane his own, quietly suffering humiliation at the hands of billionaire Alan Rickman and providing the film's only note of subtle humour. Cameron Diaz is his brassy sidekick, a Texan cowgirl who can claim a direct link to a Monet painting. But after Firth brings Diaz to London as part of a plan to sell Rickman a fake, proceedings literally descend into farce: Firth ends up trouserless on a window ledge; Diaz gets cosy with the enemy; and Rickman suffers the indignity of going completely naked for laughs (twice). Even with a script by the Coen brothers, director Michael Hoffman adds no novelty value, dusting off old jokes instead. Firth is nicely self-effacing and there are a few laughs to be had, but they are stunningly cheap.

Plot Summary

A put-upon art expert managing the collection of an obnoxious millionaire hatches a plan to get revenge. With the aid of a forger and a Texan rodeo performer, he fakes the discovery of a previously unheard-of Monet painting, intending to trick his greedy employer into parting with a fortune to get his hands on it. Comedy remake, starring Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz and Alan Rickman.

Cast and crew

Cast

Harry Deane
Colin Firth
PJ Puznowski
Cameron Diaz
The Major
Tom Courtenay
Lionel Shahbandar
Alan Rickman
Grandma Merle
Cloris Leachman
Takagawa
Togo Igawa
Martin Zaidenweber
Stanley Tucci
Xander
Julian Rhind-Tutt

Crew

Director
Michael Hoffman

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Momentum Pictures
Guidance: 
Swearing, brief nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 16 Nov 2012
Certificate 12
Categories
Comedy

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