Movie Stats & Links
||Tom Hanks, Irma P. Hall, Marlon
Wayans, J.K. Simmons, Tzi Ma, Ryan Hurst
||Leave them with
||Bring them along.
||Just chasing a
||Lots of dry humor.
||"Did you fart?",
and a bunch more.
||Joel & Ethan Coen
||Ethan Coen, Joel
Coen, Tom Jacobson, Barry Sonnenfeld, Barry Josephson
There was a point during "The Ladykillers" when I got
a little sick and tired of Tom Hanksí accent he was giving to
Goldthwait Higginson Dorr, Ph. D., but then something funny happened
and that feeling went away. Letís get to the story.
A Movie Review
Tom Hanks plays
Professor Dorr. We find him first on the doorstep of Marva (Irma P.
Hall), letting Pickles the cat climb up a tree, and Marva instructing
him to go up and get the cat. Not wanting the police to come, the
Professor obliges, and after hilarity, he states to Marva the
intentions of his visit, namely to rent the room that is available,
and if his ensemble of musicians may use her basement for practice of
church music. Being the church-going woman she is, Marva obliges. We
then get glimpses into the current lives of the ensemble, one good in
munitions, one a dumb jock, one a donut salesman, and one a
foul-mouthed employee at the nearby casino. The plan: Dig a tunnel
from Marvaís basement to the casino vault and rob the casino leaving
no trace of how the robbery was performed.
So, while the good Professor uses his words of wit to keep Marva
from being suspicious, our cast of criminals dig their way, eventually
getting the cash. The twist is Marva catches them, and the Professor
does his best to hoodwink Marva into thinking their criminal
activities are actually for a good cause, namely a sizeable donation
to Bob Jones University, where Marva sends a donation every year (for
those not understanding the subtle humor in this, search the internet
for information on the racial policies of the university). Marva ainít
buying the Professorís story this time, so the ladykillers get to
work, only Marva has God on her side so that doesnít bode well for our
Iíll leave the story at that because I donít want to give away too
many of the fun parts, but for this movie, itís all about eccentric
characters and if the actors can pull them off. Happily everyone does.
Marlon Wayans is great as the foul-mouthed Gawain, not letting the
white man keep a brother down. J.K. Simmons plays the talking-too-much
Garth Pancake to the point that even we get annoyed with him. Ryan
Hurst is Lump, the dumb jock pretty much kept around for his digging
strength, and Tzi Ma is The General, who doesnít have a lot to say,
but when he does itís usually funny. But the two that really make this
movie are Hall and Hanks. Irma P. Hall is great as the sweet, southern
black woman, but you wouldnít want to cross her because sheíll keep
you in your place, and Hanks is great saying a lot of words that sound
impressive but really donít say anything. The only thing that bothered
me was the accent he gave the Professor, as I stated before, but I
know there is a little necessity to the slightly over-the-top
This movie really wonít be for everyone, itís a weird kind of humor
that the Coen brothers have made famous, but I would say most of the
people in the theater seemed to enjoy it. There are some very funny
moments, a lot of them involving Pickles the cat, but nothing totally
overboard. Thereís a lot of foul language, mostly from the Wayans
character, but for the most part this is just a solid comedy. Iíll
leave this review giving "The Ladykillers" 4 stars out of 5.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!