Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

Directed by: Frank Oz

Starring: Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly

This is was a nice break from watching a lot of shit. A decent comedy I’d seen several times before that has moments that I always laugh at. Middle-of-the-road comedies like Dirty Rotten Scoundrels are pretty important to a healthy movie diet (I’m just glad there are a still a couple I haven’t reviewed on here so I have an excuse to watch them again).

Michael Caine is a high-class con man and Steve Martin is a two-bit hustler. Caine teaches Martin the tricks of the trade, but he still won’t go away. They decide on a bet: Whichever one of them can get $50,000 out of an innocent-looking woman first will get to stay in the opulent palace that Caine has sustained all these years, and the other will have to leave forever.

It’s a simple premise with funny actors and a solid script. There’s not really anything great or outstanding about this movie, but it fulfills it’s mandate as a funny movie quite well. Caine and Martin play off each other perfectly, and this is right before Steve Martin started doing nothing but awful movies for twenty years, so he’s still at his peak. Yeah, it’s good stuff.

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