Where The Money Is

"Weak"

Where The Money Is Review


Even in his 70s, strapped into a wheelchair and (supposedly) paralyzed by a stroke, Paul Newman is magnetic.

In the caper comedy "Where the Money Is" he plays an aged bank robber who has spent the better part of his life in the can. His first hint of freedom in eons has come when he's transferred to a nursing home after suffering a seizure that has left him a near vegetable.

Or has it? Even motionless and contorted there's still that glint in his eye -- which doesn't go unnoticed by one caretaker, played by Linda Fiorentino.

An inherently sultry, smoky-voiced, former wild child and small town prom queen who married poor and got stuck in a rut as a physical therapist for retirees, she's bored with her routine life and fascinated by this bank robber, who she suspects of playing possum and goes to outrageous lengths to break through his catatonic facade.

She tries to talk him into giving up what she's sure is a charade. She drops dinner trays trying to make him jump. She even unbuttons her uniform and performs a little lap dance to try to, well, get a rise out of him.

But nothing works until she goes to the extreme, pushing him, wheelchair and all, off a pier and into a canal. Just as she's about to panic and dive in after him, he climbs out of the water, suddenly glaring, healthy and very much in control of his faculties, saying "So you think you're pretty smart. Now what?"

Directed by Marek Kanievska ("Less than Zero"), "Where the Money Is" may be little more than amiable matinee material, but with Newman as its axis, the movie becomes instantly entertaining.

His elusive charm carries the picture as it builds toward becoming an energetic heist romp when -- having jettisoned her ennui and rediscovered her appetite for thrills -- Fiorentino suggests she help him knock over a bank.

Newman rolls his eyes, but after a little bad luck with his old partner (who has taken off with his share of their last score) his best and only option seems to be to play along, planning an elaborate, chancy armored car job with this over-eager nurse and her nervous, unreliable husband (Dermot Mulroney).

Kanievska keeps the movie bouncing with light comedy ("How come you can't just be a compulsive shopper?" Mulroney complains to his wife) and a soundtrack heavy with toe-tapping Cars tunes from the '80s ("You Might Think," "My Best Friend's Girl"). He doesn't try to over-extend the film's guffaws or adventure because wisely recognizes "Money" for what it is -- capricious, low-calorie, five-dollar escapism for folks who don't require explosions, stunts or over-the-top comedians-cum-actors to have a good time at the movies.

Without Newman and Fiorentino -- who at 40 boasts the kind of sustained sensuality and appeal that may garner her the same kind of staying power her co-star has -- "Where the Money Is" might not be much more than a clever concept with a few pages of sassy dialogue. But with them, it's charismatic, sharp and lively, even if it is largely forgettable.



Where The Money Is

Facts and Figures

Run time: 89 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 20th July 2000

Distributed by: USA Home Entertainment

Production compaines: Gramercy Pictures, Intermedia Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 46%
Fresh: 35 Rotten: 41

IMDB: 6.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Marek Kanivska

Starring: as Henry, as Carol, as Wayne, Susan Barnes as Mrs. Foster, Anne Pitoniak as Mrs. Tetlow

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Zoolander 2 Movie Review

Zoolander 2 Movie Review

With virtually the same blend of wit and idiocy as the 2001 original, this fashion-scene...

A Bigger Splash Movie Review

A Bigger Splash Movie Review

Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) reteams with Tilda Swinton for this fresh, tricky...

Deadpool Movie Review

Deadpool Movie Review

Both the filmmakers and the characters on-screen are so pleased with themselves that this might...

Trumbo Movie Review

Trumbo Movie Review

An entertaining film about sobering true events, this is the story of notorious screenwriter Dalton...

Goosebumps Movie Review

Goosebumps Movie Review

Mixing the action, comedy and horror from novelist R.L. Stein's books into a family-friendly package,...

Dad's Army Movie Review

Dad's Army Movie Review

The beloved 1970s British sit-com gets the big screen treatment, although there's been very little...

Spotlight Movie Review

Spotlight Movie Review

This film demonstrates that you don't need guns to make an exciting thriller. Based on...

Advertisement
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Movie Review

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Movie Review

Not the subtlest director working in Hollywood, Michael Bay brings his surging machismo to this...

Dirty Grandpa Movie Review

Dirty Grandpa Movie Review

There's nothing clever about this deliberately rude and vulgar comedy, but certain audiences will find...

The Big Short Movie Review

The Big Short Movie Review

Smart and snappy, this comedy is one of the scariest films of the year, using...

The 5th Wave Movie Review

The 5th Wave Movie Review

Also based on the first in a trilogy of post-apocalyptic teen novels, this thriller feels...

Ride Along 2 Movie Review

Ride Along 2 Movie Review

Ice Cube and Kevin Hart reteam for a sequel no one really asked for, following...

Room Movie Review

Room Movie Review

One of the most extraordinary films of the year, this drama cleverly weaves in events...

Creed Movie Review

Creed Movie Review

While this film is basically Rocky VII, it's also much more than that, and perhaps...

A Perfect Day Movie Review

A Perfect Day Movie Review

An irreverent comedy in the style of the original M.A.S.H., this wartime romp takes an...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.