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Distancing himself from his Baltimore roots and shedding last year's Everlasting Piece disaster, director Barry Levinson has made off with a surprisingly good comedy. Billy Bob Thornton, (who once again establishes himself as one of today's better actors) and Bruce Willis (with that smirky action persona thankfully long gone) are bank robbers who think good manners are more effective than violence.
As thieves they offer sharp contrast in their characters, but as actors the duo shares a well-paced and consistently funny style, especially when they both fall for Cate Blanchett, a bored housewife looking for excitement outside of the kitchen. Willis and Thornton may be looking ahead to a final heist that'll let them retire to the beaches of Mexico, but long before that, this journey's already one of the most enjoyable adventures of the year.