• 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

Comedy caper starring Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz and Alan Rickman. Art curator Harry Deane is tired of taking grief from his abusive boss, Lionel Shahbandar, so he cooks up a scheme to con the keen art collector into buying a fake Monet. Unfortunately, to pull off the scam he needs the help of a mercurial Texas rodeo queen and that's where Harry's best laid plans begin to go awry...

Cast and crew


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


Michael Hoffman

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Momentum Pictures
Swearing, brief nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 16 Nov 2012
Certificate 12