Ty Burr
May 27, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Twenty Bucks

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Brendan Fraser, Linda Hunt, David Rasche, Elisabeth Shue, David Schwimmer
director
Keva Rosenfeld
genre
Drama

We gave it a B+

Following one bill from crisp ATM birth to tattered demise, the film Twenty Bucks skips along the ocean of humanity with a biting yet gentle honesty. Everyone who comes in contact with the bill has a different take on money: a homeless woman (Linda Hunt), a mortuary assistant who moonlights as a stripper (Melora Walters), a blue-collar lug (Fraser) about to marry rich, a writer (Shue) who gladly waitresses for her art, and two mismatched thieves (Christopher Lloyd and Steve Buscemi). Director Keva Rosenfeld impressively summons up the ghosts of Capra and Sturges while keeping this tale firmly in the here and now. B+

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