The Scheme

  • 2004
  • Movie
  • R
  • Comedy

Screenwriters Mark Andreas and Kamala Dawson are so in love with smart-alecky cynicism that they apparently failed to notice how unappealing amorality can be. Unlike most unemployed young men, Ray (Jimmy Fallon), August (Brian Hooks) and Martin (Nathan Anderson) can't be bothered job hunting or visiting the unemployment office. A typical day for themlackers...read more

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Screenwriters Mark Andreas and Kamala Dawson are so in love with smart-alecky cynicism that they apparently failed to notice how unappealing amorality can be.

Unlike most unemployed young men, Ray (Jimmy Fallon), August (Brian Hooks) and Martin (Nathan Anderson) can't be bothered job hunting or visiting the unemployment office. A typical day for themlackers includes stealing a mail bag and rifling through it for cash, and when they intercept a letter from convent-bred girl Alison (Andie Tecec) to her father, they smell a priceless get-rich-quick opportunity. The chaste Alison is pestering her ultra-conservative, born-again politician father, Mr. Rotunno (Timothy Bottoms), to send her on an educational tour of Europe. If she's forced to stay close to home, she's afraid she won't be able to resist peer pressure to have sex. Rotunno, who's a hypocrite as well as a zealot, refuses to finance the trip. Realizing the value of a scandal involving Rotunno, the boys decide to seduce Alison and sell the tale of her father's public disgrace to a tabloid. With financial backing from a reporter named Felix (Bruce Weitz), who needs a scoop to save his job, the boys arrange to bump into Alison and the dewy-eyed teen takes a shine to Ray. Alison, however, is no sheltered virgin; she's actually a Lolita who'll do anything to trick Daddy out of the loot she wants. With a video camera installed in a hotel room Ray scores with Alison, only to discover that the tape failed to record the dirty deed. When Ray's conscience begins to bother him, Martin and August lace his drink with an aphrodisiac and prod him toward another rendezvous. Even if the slackers have bungled their con game, will Alison succeed in scamming Daddy?

This tastelessly conceived modern-variant on a farmer's daughter joke is an excuse for hormonal preteens to feel naughty; no-one else will want to sit through the broad performances and tragically hip posturing.

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  • Released: 2004
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Screenwriters Mark Andreas and Kamala Dawson are so in love with smart-alecky cynicism that they apparently failed to notice how unappealing amorality can be. Unlike most unemployed young men, Ray (Jimmy Fallon), August (Brian Hooks) and Martin (Nathan… (more)

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