Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins and John Hawkes star in this wildly entertaining, dark caper comedy adapted from Elmore Leonard’s novel “The Switch,” about two ex-cons whose plan to kidnap a real estate developer’s wife doesn’t go quite as smoothly as expected.
“A sly, cleverly-plotted caper … a fitting memorial to Elmore Leonard, and one of the most faithful of the many adaptations of the author’s work.” – Dennis Harvey, Variety
Fresh out of prison, where they bonded over their similar convictions for grand theft auto, Ordell (Mos Def) and Louis (Hawkes) have already decided to team up for various criminal activities when they catch wind of Frank Dawson (Robbins), a Detroit property developer and secret embezzler. Their plan is simple: they’ll kidnap Frank’s country-club wife, Mickey (Aniston), and hold her for ransom. What the duo didn’t count on is that Frank’s affections have turned to his perky young mistress, Melanie (Isla Fisher), and he may not be in a rush to rescue his spouse. When the husband decides he’d actually rather not pay the ransom, it sets off an unbelievable sequence of double crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of Elmore Leonard. Also featuring Will Forte and Seana Kofoed, Life of Crime utilizes its all-star cast and impeccable art direction to build an entertaining and hilarious 1970s-era period piece. Evoking the spirit of some of the greatest film adaptations of Leonard’s novels — Get Shorty, Out of Sight and Jackie Brown — director Daniel Schechter serves up a twisty comedic gem.