Masterminds 0.0 stars

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If they’d spent half as much time on the jokes, relationships, characters, and yes, even plot as they did on the late ‘90s wardrobe, goofy hairstyling, and tacky makeup…it might have been a fun film about bumbling white trash looking to better its lot via $17 million armored-car heist. (Has TCM hosted a bumbling crooks week? That could be fun. Bottle Rocket, Fargo, Raising Arizona…) As it is, it looks like the talented cast — Zach Galafianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Jones, et alia — managed to have a fun Mexican vacation, and they surely cracked each other up during filming. So that’s nice. But it’s no reason to plunk down your cash for a ticket, or even to pause while channel surfing. It’s just smart people acting like dumb people in a dumb movie. Possible exception: Kate McKinnon is both baffling and alarming as the fiancé from another dimension. Directed by Jared Hess. 2016.

Matthew Lickona

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