Woody Allen's star-powered comedy follows the misadventures of an ex-con dishwasher and his manicurist wife. Their get-rich-quick scheme to rob a bank leave the characters rolling in dough--but not the kind they had in mind.
Alexis W. from VENTURA, CA Reviewed on 12/26/2010...
LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!
Rodrigo Medina | Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro Brazil | 12/15/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is actually a great comedy of woody allen. I must confess I'm a fan of his movies, but I assure this is one you should not miss. Woody plays an ex-con who decides to rob a bank. He tries to convince his wife, a manicurist, to spend their money buying an old street shop, so that he and his friends could dig a tunnel, which would supposedly lead them to a bank safety. In order to make it not suspicious, he asks her to sell cookies during the day.However, the cookies shop becomes very popular in the neighborhood and woody and his wife suddenly become noveau rich.One year later, they are living a new life style, rounded by intelectuals, artists and socialites. In an effort to acquire some culture, the couple hires Hugh Grant to teach them good social manners, and this is the moment the film becomes hilarious. Woody was perfect, as always, playing a rude guy who'd rather watch TV eating chips than going to operas and museums. Besides woody, it's worth watching Elaine May, who plays a clueless cousin of woody's wife. I also recommend you pay attention to woody's house decoration. In the living room, he had tigers, ancient objects and even an harp! Totally awesome! This is a movie everyone should see! Inteligent and funny!"
A Great Comedy By Woody Allen!
BookMania | Stafford, TX, USA | 01/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is downright silly, and I loved every second of it! It's good to see Woody Allen writing, directing, and acting in a comedy movie. So much has been made about this man's personal life that people forget his professional talents.Woody Allen and Tracy Ullman play a husband and wife in the style of Fred & Ethel Mertz of "I Love Lucy". They constantly bicker at each other, but it still remains an obviously loving relationship. As the movie begins, Allen's character, Ray, is an ex-con who works as a dish washer, and Ullman plays his manicurist wife, Frenchy. They have exactly $6,000 between them, and they've decided to pool their money with other partners in order to execute a plan to rob a bank. They rent a storefront that neighbors the bank and plan on digging a tunnel from the store to inside the bank's vault. The storefront is turned into a cookie shop as a cover for their operation. The bank robbery idea goes sour, but ironically, the cookie shop flourishes, and the next thing you know, Ray and Frenchy are heading up their own giant cookie corporation. Frenchy decides that she'd like to join the ranks of the classy elite, so she buddies with an art dealer (played by Hugh Grant) and asks him to teach her how to live a lifestyle of affluence. Ray wants no part of this lifestyle, and his relationship with Frenchy begins to suffer. By the end of the movie, their cookie empire crumbles and Frenchy finds out that the art dealer is using her for her money, so Ray and Frenchy must come together again to salvage some money and escape to Florida.All of this seems like alot to cram into a movie that's only 95 minutes long, but it all happens very fast, and in a very comical way. Woody Allen and Tracy Ullman are great in their roles, and the supporting cast complements them very nicely. This movie is a definite must-see."
Funny and engaging, if not Woody's best
www.DavidLRattigan.com | United Kingdom | 12/22/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This comedy caper is by no means among Woody Allen's best, nor the most consistently funny, but it nevertheless entertains. Allen and Ullmann manage to make the central characters warm enough to engage our affections.Often it is said that Woody cannot do physical comedy, but there are some delightfully amusing moments herein that belie such a criticism, such as Woody's bungled attempts to sneak upstairs at a party to commit a robbery without being noticed."
Rags To Riches To Rags - Very Funny and Heartwarming
Helen | 06/18/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is such a funny movie. Woody Allen and his partners in crime play up their bumbling idiot characters so well! Tracey Ullman is a genius - She can play any character and make it believable. This rags to riches to rags story is funny and heartwarming and just fun to watch. This was also the first time I saw Hugh Grant playing such a loathsome character - he was great! What can I say about Elaine May except she is so good that it looks like she's not even acting!The comedic acting was very good in this movie and I can't wait to own it on DVD so I can sit back and enjoy over and over again."
One of Allen's best in recent years
David Bonesteel | Fresno, CA United States | 08/12/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ray and Frenchy (Woody Allen and Tracey Ullman) try to rob a bank but inadvertantly earn an honest fortune in the attempt. Their marraige becomes strained when Frenchy tries to grow into the role of a cultured New York society matron while Ray pines for the simple pleasures he once enjoyed. The dialogue is sharply written by Allen, who surrounds himself with a wonderful cast. This is one of his minor films, but it is very enjoyable. There are not too many big laughs but lots of smiles."