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 The Con is On (2018) 
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This is like those Adam Sandler films. You know, those films that shouldn't exist and only seem to exist to give a group of people a paycheck? Parker Poser, Stephen Fry, Uma, Roth, and a bunch other aging stars affecting unconvincing posh accents. This feels more like a tax write-off than an actual film. How does this stuff get made? How does stuff this bad get green lit?

If you don't know what I am talking about, do yourself a favor and never find out.


Mon May 07, 2018 8:47 am
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If you don't know what I am talking about, do yourself a favor and never find out.
Done and done.

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Mon May 07, 2018 8:50 am
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It's like someone took the tagline to Bowfinger and made Gambit.


Mon May 07, 2018 10:18 am
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OK, so I watched the trailer. I'm guessing somebody set out to make an Asylum-style straight-to-video cash grab based on the upcoming Ocean's 8 and things spiraled out of control in the casting department once they signed one of these slumming over-the-hill actors. Does that seem about right?

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Mon May 07, 2018 10:26 am
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And now I've read the Wikipedia page. So this is a piece of shit that was sitting on the shelf for a couple years waiting for something like Ocean's 8 to come along and create sufficient market confusion. I think I've gotten to the bottom of that mystery.

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Mon May 07, 2018 10:28 am
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And now I've read the Wikipedia page. So this is a piece of shit that was sitting on the shelf for a couple years waiting for something like Ocean's 8 to come along and create sufficient market confusion. I think I've gotten to the bottom of that mystery.


Doesn't answer how the thing got green lit in the first place. I totally get why it was shelved and I understand the idea of market confusion. But why did these actors sign up for this? Did they read the script? Was anyone watching the acting? Everyone was chewing the scenery in a really bad, unfunny way. These are people who are otherwise, more or less, competent players. How does everyone just go into Ed Wood territory like this?


Mon May 07, 2018 11:34 am
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But why did these actors sign up for this?
I think you're severely underestimating the degree to which these actors are over the hill or willing to slum it for a paycheck. There was a point at which Tim Roth was expecting Marvel money from his role in that Hulk movie. That didn't work out, so here he is. I mean, he's fresh off a flattering role as Sepp Blatter. Can you imagine how sad that is?

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Mon May 07, 2018 11:39 am
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I don't know whose presence here is worse: Sofia Vergara who tried to be a thing a few years back with that Reese Witherspoon film and is now doing TV and shampoo commercials, or Stephen Fry, the veteran British presence from Jeeves and Wooster, Blackadder, and V for Vendetta who did this film before doing The Great Indoors.


Tue May 08, 2018 2:04 am
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I don't know whose presence here is worse: Sofia Vergara who tried to be a thing a few years back with that Reese Witherspoon film and is now doing TV and shampoo commercials, or Stephen Fry, the veteran British presence from Jeeves and Wooster, Blackadder, and V for Vendetta who did this film before doing The Great Indoors.


The ultimate point is what that is stated in the above posts. Money. If the money is good, most of them won't even read the script. And that's the irony.


Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:36 pm
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Check out this trailer. If you were asked to name the two actors who would star in something like this, odds are you would guess these two.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiJjMggOUu8


Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:51 am
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Check out this trailer. If you were asked to name the two actors who would star in something like this, odds are you would guess these two.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiJjMggOUu8


This has the exact same vibe as the Jimmy Kimmel trailer for Movie: The Movie.


Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:19 am
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But why did these actors sign up for this? Did they read the script?



I think it was Gary Oldman who said that there's nothing shameful about accepting a terrible role, because it's still work. Art is nice, but those paychecks ain't writing themselves. Acting is still a job.


Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:20 am
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I never realized that Tim Roth, Crispin Glover and Parker Posey were slumming over-the-hill actors...


Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:12 pm
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I think it was Gary Oldman who said that there's nothing shameful about accepting a terrible role, because it's still work. Art is nice, but those paychecks ain't writing themselves. Acting is still a job.


besides there are dozens of worse stuff people do for money.


Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:11 pm
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So...was the con on the whole time?

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Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:48 am
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boojiboyhowdy wrote:
Check out this trailer. If you were asked to name the two actors who would star in something like this, odds are you would guess these two.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiJjMggOUu8

Yeah, it's funny, a friend of mine is actually friends with Bruce Willis and appears in very small roles in like all his low-budget movies, and basically Bruce Willis will do any movie. Like any.


Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:26 pm
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besides there are dozens of worse stuff people do for money.

Yeah, hell, now Oldman is playing some bullshit character in some bullshit Gerard Butler movie. Dollah billz.


Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:27 pm
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