Barry Wetcher
Chris Nashawaty
September 03, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Life of Crime

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
94 minutes
Limited Release Date
08/29/14
performer
Jennifer Aniston, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, Tim Robbins
director
Daniel Schechter
distributor
Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions
genre
Comedy

We gave it an C-

There have been good Elmore Leonard adaptations and bad ones. But this interpretation of his 1978 novel The Switch may be the worst of the bunch. yasiin bey (a.k.a. Mos Def) and John Hawkes play small-time crooks who kidnap a rich Detroit housewife (Jennifer Aniston) and put the squeeze on her no-good husband (Tim Robbins) for $1 million. They’re inept, but not nearly as inept as Daniel Schecter’s lifeless script and direction. In fact, the only mystery in this limp caper is why Aniston took such a meh role. At least the kitschy, ’70s-era details provide some distraction. (Also on VOD) C-

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