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Woody Allen returns to his slapstick days with this comic romp, which centers on a small-time hood, Ray Winkler, who just can't catch a break. It's as if Virgil Starkwell (Allen's hysterically incompetent criminal mastermind from TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN) has finally gotten out of prison and is still up to his old scheming. Against his wife Frenchy's (Tracey Ullman) better judgment, Ray puts together a ragtag group of misfits, including a scene-stealing Elaine May, and immerses them in a crazy plot to rob a bank. But everything gets upended when their front, a cookie store, takes off, thrusting the Winklers into the upper echelons of New York's high society. <br> <br> SMALL TIME CROOKS looks like no other Allen film; gone are the black-and-white shades of Manhattan, replaced instead by the ridiculously loud shirts Ray wears and the perfectly garish furniture and artwork Frenchy accumulates. Even the Allen soundtrack, usually exclusively jazz, big band, and Dixieland standards, features "Tequila" by the C...
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CastBrian Markinson
DirectorWoody Allen
Release Date:  2000
MPAA Rating:  PG
DVD Release Date:  Paramount Home Entertainment (December 19, 2000)
Runtime:  1hr 35min
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review by . May 30, 2000
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Pros: Hugh Grant is always such a hottie... and he's British!     Cons: Everything else. God, this was an AWFUL movie.     Well, I've just seen the worst movie that has come out this year. Then again, I've only seen Scream 3, Mission Impossible: 2, Erin Brockovitch, and other movies of high calibur. (No, I didn't like MI:2, but at least they put forth an effort.) Unfortunately, Small Time Crooks misses the mark in a big, big way.      Okay, …
review by . May 30, 2000
Pros: Hugh Grant is always such a hottie... and he's British!     Cons: Everything else. God, this was an AWFUL movie.     Well, I've just seen the worst movie that has come out this year. Then again, I've only seen Scream 3, Mission Impossible: 2, Erin Brockovitch, and other movies of high calibur. (No, I didn't like MI:2, but at least they put forth an effort.) Unfortunately, Small Time Crooks misses the mark in a big, big way.      Okay, …
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