Although the novel is set in Chicago the movie, for no good reason other than better weather, has been relocated to Oahu an Hawaiian tropical paradise. Owen Wilson plays Jack Ryan (not the one made famous by Harrison Ford) a surfer dude and work shy slacker who is not averse to earning a living on the wrong side of the law with a little petty larceny. Jack falls foul of a construction site foreman Lou (Vinnie Jones continues to make a living out of being a thug) and is sacked from the construction site. The local Judge, Walter Crewes (Morgan Freeman) takes pity on him and decides to offer him a job as a handy man taking care of some beach chalets that Walter owns. It is here that Jack meets the willowy blonde Nancy (Sara Foster) and a plot is hatched to liberate construction boss Ray Ritchie (Gary Sinise) of a considerable part of his fortune. But all is not as it seems.
This breezy little comedy caper has a stellar cast, with the likes of Charlie Sheen, Willie Nelson and Bebe Neuwirth all turning up in supporting roles. Throw in director George Armitage of Grosse Pointe Blanke fame and the producers must have been rubbing their hands with glee. It's a shame to report however that although no expense has been spared on the ingredients, the recipe has produced a real dogs dinner. The story is fragile and lacks cohesion. Much of the witty and darkly comic dialogue is lost on the likes of Owen Wilson, who has the charm but lacks the gravitas to pull off the role (compare to Travolta and Clooney in Get Shorty and Out of Sight respectively) It seems that most of the cast enjoyed a great holiday in Hawaii but while they were there they forgot to make a movie. Oh well, I guess I will have to wait for Be Cool, the sequel to Get Shorty and currently in post production, for a descent fix of Elmore Leonard.
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