Small Time Crooks

Released 2000


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Woody Allen
Small Time Crooks is a black comedy written and directed by Woody Allen, one of America's most notable filmmakers. Not surprisingly, Woody Allen also stars in the lead role of the film. The film centers around a lousy con man named Ray (Woody Allen) who is scheming, with a band of other low-brow con men, to rob a bank. They devise a plan to access the bank inconspicuously by digging a tunnel which extends from the pizza parlor next door to the interior of the bank. Ray asks his wife Frenchy (Tracy Ullman), a former striper, to further divert attention from the bank by opening a cookie store across the street. Ironically, Ray's attempt to rob the bank fails miserably, and his wife's cookie shop is an immediate success. Within just one year of opening her store, franchises of the cookie shop are opening across the country. Ray urges his wife to move to Florida with him where they can retire and live comfortably. But with all this wealth and fame, Frenchy is drawn to a high brow art dealer named David (Hugh Grant) who she hopes will introduce her to la vie des riches. Small Time Crooks was Allen's most successful film from 1989 through 2005. If you enjoy Woody Allen's work, this is a definite must see.moreless


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  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    In this sweet, funny wisp of a movie, Mr. Allen shucks off his fabled angst and returns in spirit to those wide-eyed days of yesteryear, before Chekhov, Kafka and Ingmar Bergman in...

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Breezy, enjoyable romp gratifyingly zigzags in directions that aren't apparent at the outset and features some intriguingly personal subtext for longtime Woody watchers.

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Dumb as they (allegedly) are, the characters in Small Time Crooks are smarter, edgier and more original than the dreary crowd in so many new comedies.

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