Release date: July/August 2011
Genre: Comedy/ Romance/ Crime
Summary: A man caught in the middle of two simultaneous robberies at the same bank desperately tries to protect the teller with whom he’s secretly in love.
My Review: This movie stars Ashley Judd, Patrick Dempsey, and Octavia Spencer and is directed by Mr. Rob Minkoff who has directed several ‘playful’ movies like The Haunted Mansion, The Forbidden Kingdom and you can’t forget The Lion King!
It gets right into the robbery of a bank. Ok, so it’s a funny situation, two teams of robbers robbing the same bank at the exact same time. It’s a hot big mess. Did I like it? I’m not sure I can say I liked it very much, but I didn’t dislike it. Is it worth a high rating? Definitely not and my reason is that the comedy aspect of it was too exaggerated. Each person has their own character, some funny, some annoying, but it felt unnatural, hence why I said ‘exaggerated’. Like take Hangover for example (the writers for Flypaper are the same as Hangover), each actor had their own role to play and each had their own specific characteristics, and why was the movie successful? Not only because it was funny, but because the acting was on point. Take Zach Galifianakis’ character for example, he was socially awkward enough to be a person that actually exists in real life, and how do you come across that feeling? From how well Zach acted out the character. Whereas Patrick Dempsey didn’t do a great job and just made his nutty character nuttier than he already is.
The word flypaper is simply paper used to kill flies, like a mouse trap for flies, and the flypaper theory (according to wikipedia) is: the idea that it is desirable to draw enemies to a single area where it is easier to kill them and where they are far from one’s own vulnerabilities. So they both reflect the idea of luring and trapping and that’s what basically happened in the movie. From a wacky bank robbery to a murder mystery (similar to Clue), the movie turned into a hot mess. It’s not like it was hard for me to follow along, but when the structure of the movie is not steady, the movie becomes flimsy and flops.
Honestly, I thought I was watching a 40 minute tv-show. This movie would have been better off as a tv-movie or some sort of sitcom. 5.5/10