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    Posted: February 02 2007 at 3:53pm

THIS CONTAINS SOME MILD SPOILERS.

Does anyone want to see Kevin Sussman lick blue ink off the butt of a sculpture?   

Funny Money bounced around for about a year until ThinkFilm bounced it into four theatres in the United States.  Forget catching it in the theatres, because it's gone now, awaiting its 27 March 2007 release on DVD.  It stars Chevy Chase, Penelope Ann Miller and Armand Assante.  Never heard of it? 

Obviously, it stinks.  Harry Basil took this British farce penned by well-regarded playwright Ray Cooney, and switched the location to America, and then adds complications to the complications.  Then the unwieldy mess is handed over to director Leslie Greif, who manages to take the talent at hand and produce only a handful of laughs.  It's one joke falling flat after another joke falling flat after another joke falling flat.  And, hey, whenever I see guns blazing in a roomful of people, and nobody gets shot until almost everybody has cleared out, that's bad.  The director should have known better.

Chevy Chase has a few moments going in and out of the men's room in the bar where his face gives away what's going on inside.  But otherwise, he fails to carry the show, going from a mild-mannered middle manager of a plastic fruit factory to a self-confident pathological (and very bad) liar in no time flat.  As the lies become more and more implausible, Chase continues to be a bastion of confidence.  I'm sorry, but that lost me. 

This play should have worked as a movie, and Chevy Chase is a fine comedian, and there certainly was enough talent among the other actors, but Funny Money the movie just wasn't funny.  Be glad you can save your money and catch this fizzle on DVD.

 

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