The Ladykillers (Movie - 2004) Watching Tom Hanks in the eccentric remake The Ladykillers is akin to watching community theater, where part of the thrill is seeing your third-grade teacher… The Ladykillers (Movie - 2004) Watching Tom Hanks in the eccentric remake The Ladykillers is akin to watching community theater, where part of the thrill is seeing your third-grade teacher…
DVD Review

The Ladykillers (2004)

Tom Hanks, Marlon Wayans, ... | CELLAR KILLERS Hanks and Wayans
Image credit: The Ladykillers: Melinda Sue Gordon
CELLAR KILLERS Hanks and Wayans
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Sep 07, 2004; DVD Release Date: Sep 07, 2004; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Comedy, Mystery and Thriller; With: Tom Hanks; Distributor: Touchstone Pictures

Watching Tom Hanks in the eccentric remake The Ladykillers is akin to watching community theater, where part of the thrill is seeing your third-grade teacher or mailman pretend to be someone he's not. Don't get me wrong: Hanks is a hoot as Goldthwait Higginson Dorr III, Ph.D., the conniving Southern professor determined to orchestrate the heist of all heists. The two-time Oscar winner dresses like a 19th-century Tom Wolfe and giggles like a Looney Toon, but the best part is being aware throughout that it's Tom Hanks behind that devilish goatee. While even a remake is bound to have an original slant in the hands of the Coens, the brothers play this one relatively safe, exercising their proven formula of quirky characters and a thematic soundtrack.

EXTRAS The paltry selection lacks commentary or a making-of doc, but gospel performances might interest aficionados.

Originally posted Sep 10, 2004 Published in issue #782-783 Sep 10, 2004 Order article reprints