Flypaper (2011)

Flypaper” (2011) Flypaper2011Poster

This crime caper involves a bank heist that goes horribly awry as two different groups of bank robbers try hitting the same bank at the same time.  As a concept, that’s not bad.  The film is a little low-budget in some respects, what with poor lighting and some generally bad photography.  Otherwise though, “Flypaper” is really quite remarkable.

The film stars Ashley Judd and Patrick Dempsey, and it needing to be said, they steal the show.  Dempsey is especially good playing a very neurotic individual without his meds.  His manic speech and overall hyper energy add both comedy and fun to the film.  Judd plays well opposite him, as the bank teller with a thing for neurotic Dempsey.  She’s a little feisty and smart, and the banter between the two leads is entertaining to say the least.

The film gets a little messy in its plot though, slightly confusing but not unbearable.  There are some great supporting characters, like Peanut Butter & Jelly, but also some wasted opportunity to utilize the talent.  Olivia Spencer is in it as Judd’s friend and co-worker.  Other greats in the cast include Jeffrey Tambor and Mekhi Phifer.  Why weren’t these actors better used in the story?  I suppose the time for them onscreen just wasn’t there in the script but still, it seems a waste.

As I said, the plot gets a little twisted.  The premise of 2 robbers doing a job at the same time on the same bank has sort of a hilarious nature built in it.  “Flypaper” though takes a strange turn with a murder mystery thrown into it.  At first, I was intrigued.  What is this?  A who-dunn-it in the middle of a comedic heist movie?  It’s interesting, right?  That feeling is what kept me watching this film.  It was good, and there’s definitely some very entertaining bits, but it also starts to get convoluted.  Who is the killer among them?  That starts to wear thin after a bit. It gets a little confusing, but as I say, it wasn’t too unbearable.

If you are looking for a Netflix fun film without too much fuss, give “Flypaper” a shot.  It’s a little rom-com meets a bank heist comedy meets a murder mystery.  Dempsey and Judd save the film without question so enjoy their performances!

…and that’s it for this edition of THE REEL VOICE


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