Where the Money Is (2000)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Caper, Crime Comedy  |   Release Date - Apr 14, 2000 (USA)  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, United States  |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Review by Karl Williams

Although it boasts an intelligent, funny script and energetic performances from leads Paul Newman and Linda Fiorentino, this poorly directed comedy looks as if it was made on the independent film budget of a struggling film school graduate. Reverting to the character form that made him famous, Newman plays a twinkle-eyed, good-hearted rascal with all of the joie de vivre that he displayed in The Hustler (1961), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), and The Sting (1973), but this project is not of the same caliber. Directing his first feature in over a decade, Marek Kanievska saps the energy and dynamism from each scene, displaying little visual pizzazz and surely disappointing Newman's legions of fans. While the great actor's work in Nobody's Fool (1994) and Twilight (1998) was largely ignored, those films were vastly underrated gems destined for rediscovery and festival retrospectives; Where the Money Is is an unfortunate flop that would have benefited from producer Ridley Scott's acumen behind the camera.