on July 30, 2003
This movie, which had a great cast but just didn't have the right chemistry, glorified to some extent the exploits of a family of thieves -- people who break the law by stealing money and goods from others, thus robbing people of their produce/property and generally damaging society. Sean Connery's character at one point had a lot of nerve, telling Matthew Broderick's con-man girl friend that she was a "parasite." Talk about a frog calling somebody ugly. Matthew's father, Dustin Hoffman, properly did not want to be involved in the caper that Matthew concocted, did not want his son to follow in his own formerly dishonest thieving footsteps, and was devastated when Son was caught during a break-in. The kid deserved to have the book thrown at him, and be locked away, which is the only way we should treat the lowlifes who steal from others.
Of course, it's only a movie and fictional exploits of this nature are interesting to watch, but problems arise when films about crooks inspire the unenlightened among us to become crooks. Or get elected to congress and start taxing people, same sort of thievery.
on December 7, 2003
Being a fan of gorgeous and sexy voiced actor Matthew Broderick, I was so excited when it came out on cable that I saw it. Matthew was very convincing (but should have taken his glasses off), Dustin Hoffman was excellent but Sean Connery stole the show. Somehow, I would have liked someone younger than Dustin to have the part of the father, he seemed too old. I would have liked Danny de Vito to add some humor or Harrison Ford! But the movie was great!!!!!
on May 6, 2004
And Sidney Lumet behind the camera? This had all the earmarks of greatness but FAMILY BUSINESS is what its principal characters are: under achievers. But what great fun! This is Connery chewing scenery ( dinner at Vito's, the prison van, the Pee Wee Grogan story). Vincent Patrick, who wrote the screenplay from his own novel, knows NYC street people and the landscape is genuine. There's worse things to waste 100 minutes on that this.
on July 2, 2000
Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman, and Mathew Broderick play profession-thief grandfather, conservative father, and innovative-genius son. When genius son invites Gramps in on a hiest, Daddy gets upset and vows to do anything to stop them. But the sins of the father, inherited from the grandfather, make piety a difficult sell. Terrific crime caper with many unexpected twists.