The Ladykillers

 (1,452)6.21 h 44 min2004X-RayR
HD. Tom Hanks is a smooth-talking Southern "professor" who uses his churchgoing landlady's basement to tunnel through to a casino's vault.
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Joel CoenEthan Coen
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Tom HanksIrma P. HallMarlon Wayans
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SuspenseComedy
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English [CC]
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English
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J.K. SimmonsTzi MaRyan Hurst
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Ethan CoenJoel CoenTom JacobsonBarry SonnenfeldBarry Josephson
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Touchstone Pictures
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R (Restricted)
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Smokingsubstance usealcohol usefoul languagesexual contentviolence
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4.3 out of 5 stars

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OrrymainReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Big Disappointment
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At this point, I have a certain trust in Tom Hanks' films, but this one is a huge disappointment,, so much so that I'm sorry I spent any money at all on it, including the sale price of $4.99 that I paid. Thank goodness, I didn't risk a penny more on it. I can't believe Hanks chose to be in this movie.

Where to start? Well, it's full of profanity. After looking up the movie while watching it, as I often do, someone noted that the "F" word is used at least 89 times. That doesn't include an abundance of other so-called 'bad' words. Had I known this, I wouldn't have purchased the DVD because I prefer movies the whole family can watch.

Secondly, I detest the dog scene at the beginning of the picture. It's a dog food commercial scene that ends up with a military style gas mask being put on a dog (looks like a bulldog to me) and then it kills the dog while some odd person attempts CPR on the canine. I cannot abide by mistreated animals, especially dogs. Of course, the dog didn't die in reality, but neither should a mask ever have been put on him anyway. It was cruel, if not abusive. They pretty much lost me there, and that was before the profanity kicked in. It was also after a scene with a cat stuck up in a tree. The cat, by the way, also is the subject of the film's final moment, and I'm not fond of it, either. He is disposing of an object and I didn't find it funny.

What next? Well, I was just bored. I must admit again that profanity distracts me and often pulls me out of a story. Early on, I couldn't even figure out what was going on or why, and that could easily be because of the verbal assault of the English language and the issue with dog scene. That said, I couldn't get into this film. I was ... is there another word to use? Nope. I was bored, as simple as that.

There's a lot of slapping around, too, which is especially hard when a little boy is slapped while holding a dog. it's light on the overall violence side in that I've seen a ton worse, but there is violence that includes death. It's just that the slapping gets out of hand and is unpleasant in my view.

Tom Hanks is an awesome actor. He said he never watched the original of this movie so that it wouldn't interfere with his performance choices. It's the only film of his that I wonder why he opted to do it. Could this be the one he did for money? I cannot believe he found anything artistic in it, but there must be some reason. I just don't know what it is. Maybe he only read his scenes, which are less laden with swearing than scenes in which he does not appear. Also, Hanks as a thief I can take, but as a potential murderer, he just is not.

This movie is supposed to be comedic. If anything, it's dark humor. That said, I didn't laugh once, not even a chuckle. I will admit to one tiny smile that is towards the end when the lady landlord speaks with the police about all this money she has now. Her last line to them is the closest thing that almost gave me a chuckle. I truly wish I'd bypassed this movie and/or researched it before buying it. I kept hoping the DVD would have a defect so I could return it, but it played fine. That's the only positive thing I can say about the movie.

There are a couple of bonus features. The best is that the film includes some gospel music and as a bonus, two of the pieces are shown in their entirety. That's good music, so was good to have available. There's a featurette on the instruments used in the movie (Hanks and his buddies pretend to be musicians). It was far more interesting than the actual film and included bits with Hanks and other actors. There are outtakes featuring the landlady as she slaps actors several times. I don't like that anymore than I liked the actual scenes. It was just inappropriate and distasteful for me. The last bonus is a script bonus where you can compare the script with the film as you watch it. On other movies, that might be fun to do, but I didn't care to watch this movie again so am simply mentioning that it's an extra. It does require watching the movie on your computer, however.

Okay, not for me and that's all I can do, report on a movie and DVD makes me feel. This made me feel unhappy except for very short moments.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Exaggerated characters attempt a heist with some amazing gospel music
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Ladykillers is one of the Cohen Brothers most overlooked movies. It shouldn’t be because it was really funny. It was a remake of a 1955 British film. It’s a comedy-heist flick with Tom Hanks as Goldthwaite Higginson Dorr leading a group of criminals who use an old African American woman’s basement named Mrs Marva Munson (Irma Hall) to rob a casino riverboat. It’s a perfect example of the quirky style of the Cohens as all the characters are highly exaggerated. It also has a great soundtrack based around Mrs. Munson’s gospel choir.

You can tell the story is going to be character driven when Mrs. Munson opens things up by going to the sheriff’s office to complain about a local kid who bought a radio and was blasting rap music. She objected to not only the volume but the lyrics. He must have been listening to A Tribe Called Quest because she kept on saying “I left my wallet in El Segundo.” Then Goldthwaite appears. He dresses like he’s from the 1800s and talks like an old southern gentleman from that period as well. These personalities and their interactions are the main source of laughs as Mr. Dorr’s expedition to the casino boat goes awfully wrong.

The added bonus is the choir at Mrs. Munson’s church. If you are a lover of music there is no way you can’t hear those gospel tunes and not get excited. The choir leader is quite a character as well. Plus he looks like a combination of Rick James and James Brown.
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BobBoylstonReviewed in the United States on June 5, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Couldn't give it 4, so gave it a 5
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Within one minute of the first real scene, I thought, "If Irma P. Hall keeps this up, it's an Academy Award-quality performance." Well, she DID keep it up, but unjustly was ignored by the Academy. She was, however, nominated Best Actress by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, and won the Black Reel Award as Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy and won the Jury Prize for Acting at the Cannes Film Festival. She also won the Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Comedic Performance, and was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture. Why this had to be a a performance that was judged mostly on race, I cannot fathom. It was a great performance. Obviously, the racist Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hands out 'the Oscars', doesn't know great acting when it sees it.

Tom Hanks was absolutely brilliant with some very difficult, long quasi-monologues, and J.K Simmons (as 'Pancake' and Tzi Ma 'The General' put in strong, funny performances. Ryan Hurst did his best with a tough part and had a couple of great lines. I could have done without the IBS theme and without Marlon Wayans mouth, but overall a highly enjoyable film with some great music, thanks to Carter Burwell and T. Bone Burnett. The casting was brilliant and the costume design helped make the film work for every character.

Watch it. Enjoy first scene with Irma P as Marva Munson, then sit back and let her and the Cohen Bros. take you one a wild and wacky ride.
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Rudy BayguhReviewed in the United States on June 15, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not funny, full of uninteresting stereotypes.
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I usually only give 1 star to movies I couldn't finish, so I suppose I should have given it 2 stars, but who reads those reviews? Anyway, at times I thought this movie was trying to be "Brother, Where Art Thou", but i fails miserably. At other times I thought Hanks was about to go full-on Forrest Gump and at others he reminded me of Ulysses Everett McGill. The movie's humor is based on stereotypes of different characters from many other movies we've all seen and seems to rely on their depiction as funny. It's not. There isn't anything particularly clever about the plot or the characters. The music serves its purpose, but I don't look for the soundtrack to be a big seller. The only good part is that by the end, most of the characters get what's coming to them.
Matthew L. DanielReviewed in the United States on June 19, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
shallow cliches, without an actual story
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I got suckered into looking forward to this movie because of the Coen name and Tom Hanks, what could go wrong? The characters were cliches of themselves, and the movie did not have a story to speak of, and certainly not one that made me glad I wasted two hours of my life on this. I actually had alarm bells going off early on because it was meandering, but thought "oh, those Coens are quirky storytellers, I'm sure it'll turn around" but it did not. I still give it 2 stars because I laughed a few times, and Tom Hanks is great at turning a director's post-it note description of a character into a role, but I am still stunned someone of Tom Hank's caliber would read that script and think, "yeah, that!"
AdamReviewed in the United States on May 25, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not my favorite Tom Hanks movie, enjoyable and worth viewing!
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This is not my favorite Tom Hanks movie but it is really humorous and the gospel music is fantastic. If you can resist the urge to walk away in the beginning and give the movie time for the plot to develop you will be rewarded with what actually turns out to be quite a funny story. * spoiler* The story revolves around a Southern professor who puts together a group of thieves to rob a casino. They rent a room in an old woman's house, but soon she discovers the plot and they must kill her, a task that is more difficult than it seems. based on the old English remake of the 50's as I mentioned earlier, not a favorite Hanks movie of mine, but still, I enjoyed it enough to watch it again.
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Mike5978Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
excellent
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Excellent tale of fiction, set in the deep south. Both Tom Hanks and the Wayans kid are excellent (they have most of the lines), and the other supporting actors are also good. Beautiful footage of the south, interesting story, a bit of rough language. The older black lady did an excellent job as the homeowner. I wish I had bought instead of rented.
6 people found this helpful
AlplilyReviewed in the United States on July 27, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Unfunny
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I found a lot of this film to be just... forced. Forced acting. Forced humor. Yeah, there is a chuckle here and there, but that's about it. There is a lot of cliche in the characters. I felt little chemistry between any of the cast, they all seemed unconnected. Yes, it is a random bunch of folks who come together to commit a crime, but at some point you expect some relationships to develop. None did. And the arguing between two of them was unnecessarily vulgar, and not to any real comedic effect - it was just unpleasant. Soundtrack is good if you are into gospel music.
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