Life of Crime: Synopsis and Review [WATCH VIDEO]

By Hannah Aven Guarin | 2 years ago
Life of Crime: Synopsis and Review [WATCH VIDEO]

“Life of Crime” is a dark comedy film directed and written by Daniel Schechter. The film is based on the novel “The Switch” by Elmore Leonard. Its cast members include Jennifer Aniston, Isla Fisher, Mark Boone Jr., Will Forte, Yasiin Bey, Clea Lewis, Tim Robbins, John Hawkes, Kevin Corrigan and Charlie Tahan. It opens in theaters on Aug. 29, 2014. Read on to learn more about Movie News Guide’s (MNG) “Life of Crime” synopsis and review.

“Life of Crime” Synopsis:


The film is about small-time crooks who decide to kidnap Mickey Dawson (Aniston), the wife of Detroit businessman Frank (Robbins). The crooks demand a million to the businessman in exchange for his wife. They also threaten to expose his ill-gotten money in an offshore bank account. However, what these crooks do not know is that Frank has already filed a divorce and is having an illicit affair with Melanie (Fisher).

“Life of Crime” Review:

As of this writing, the critics from Rotten Tomatoes have given this film a 67 percent rating, while 89 percent of the moviegoers would like to see it.

According to John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter, the film may have been promising in the beginning and has delivered a funny ending, but it was lacking in between.

“Kidnapping tale has the right elements but never catches fire,” wrote DeFore in his review.

Meanwhile, Variety’s Dennis Harvey had a different take on the dark comedy film. Although the movie lost a few narrative pieces, he still praised the film for staying true to the novel and how the characters manage to fill in the resulting gaps.

“A fitting memorial to Elmore Leonard, “Life of Crime” reps one of the most faithful of the many adaptations of the author’s work,” wrote Harvey in his review.

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There you have it for the “Life of Crime” synopsis and review. It opens in theaters on Aug. 29, 2014. Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) for more news and updates about upcoming films, TV shows and celebrities.


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