Shooting Fish

Cloying, immature and relentlessly cute, this grating British comedy about two London con men is every bit as shameless as its heroes. American-born Dylan (Dan Futterman) and his British best friend Jez (Stuart Townsend) are a flim-flam team whose aim is to fleece as many rich people as it takes to buy themselves the lavish mansion of their dreams. Dylan...read more

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Cloying, immature and relentlessly cute, this grating British comedy about two London con men is every bit as shameless as its heroes. American-born Dylan (Dan Futterman) and his British best friend Jez (Stuart Townsend) are a flim-flam team whose

aim is to fleece as many rich people as it takes to buy themselves the lavish mansion of their dreams. Dylan and Jez are both orphans, you see, and never had proper homes to call their own. Dylan is the suave, fast-talking face of the operation; Jez is the geeky but sensitive brain. While running

a scam involving bogus voice-activated computer hardware, Dylan and Jez hire Georgie (Kate Beckinsale), a bright young typist cum medical student who's well aware of what the boys are up to but buys into their lame "Robin Hoods of the '90s" shtick. Dylan and Jez are both smitten with

Georgie, who's engaged to someone else: That pretty much takes care of whatever plot is needed to string together a bunch of none-too-clever schemes -- that and enough Britpop tunes to plaster over all the story's cracks and crevices. The film turns itself inside out to excuse the boys' vulgar

materialism, but never honestly questions their crass, misplaced values: Pangs of conscience are quickly soothed, and in the end Dylan and Jez not only get everything they ever wanted, but, in a gross bit of cut-and-paste sentimentality, inadvertently help out a group of needy children with Down's

syndrome. Yuck.

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Cloying, immature and relentlessly cute, this grating British comedy about two London con men is every bit as shameless as its heroes. American-born Dylan (Dan Futterman) and his British best friend Jez (Stuart Townsend) are a flim-flam team whose aim is… (more)

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