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Jack Nicholson and Michael Caine play thieves who are too self-indulgent to be effective at their craft in this dull crime drama that aspires to be moody. Judy Davis is wasted (in more ways than one) as Nicholson's wretched wife and the mother of Stephen Dorff, who barely registers on-screen even though he's supposed to be the dramatic center. The camera lingers over femme fatale Jennifer Lopez as if her looks would compensate for all that's missing, and the moments of violence and cruelty also seem like desperate attempts to fill the void. It's not completely boring to watch Caine and Nicholson go at each other and all the other characters—they're both loose cannons whose extreme behavior ought to set a stylistic standard—but it's close. The screenplay by Nick Villiers and Alison Cross is based on a story by Villiers and director Bob Rafelson.

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