|WHERE THE MONEY IS (2000)|
Irma St. Paule
|"You wanna save your marriage by robbing a bank. Why don't you go see a priest?"|
|Time: 89 mins.|
SYNOPSIS: Legendary criminal Henry Manning pushes his luck too far and ends up in a nursing home in the care of Carol Ann McKay, a high school prom queen who married her high-school boyfriend Wayne and whose glamour days are well behind her. When Carol Ann starts to suspect that Henry isn't as sick as he seems, she secures his help to plan his last and greatest score.
BOTTOM LINE: Newman and Fiorentino make a great team in this character-driven heist flick. Despite the difference in their ages, there's a spark between them that keeps the rather obvious plot afloat. Newman plays a master bank robber who gets transferred from prison to a state-run nursing home after he apparently suffers a stroke. Fiorentino is the nurse assigned to take care of him, who believes he's merely pretending. She tries everything she can think of to expose his charade and enlist his expertise. The method she uses to break his spell is one of the best scenes in the film. He admires her spunk and eventually gives in to her request. They hatch the perfect plan except for one thing they need her husband's help and he's not exactly willing to participate. He's happy with their life and can't understand what's come over his wife. He blames Newman for the situation, but eventually joins in the hijinks. However, when push comes to shove, he's unwilling to give up his contented past for an uncertain future. The quality and energy of the players makes this film more interesting than it should be. The heist is well-executed, suspenseful and at moments amusing. It's almost worth the wait. Fans of the actors won't be disappointed. A decent film filled with good performances that should have been better, but could have been a lot worse.