Where The Money Is

on April 14, 2000 by Annlee Ellingson
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   A clever caper, "Where the Money Is" stars the inimitable Paul Newman as Henry Manning, a bank robber who went untouched for 20 years before bad luck landed him in the pen. Not one to call it quits, he fakes a heart attack and is transferred to a nursing home, where the only thing that stands in his way is a nurse named Carol (Linda Fiorentino).

   Carol swiftly becomes suspicious that Henry's playing possum and goes to extreme lengths to flush him out. Once the gig is up, she opts not to turn him in, instead inducing him to orchestrate one last bank heist with the help of her and her husband Wayne (Dermot Mulroney).

   Newman charms his way through the heist and, indeed, the whole film. He and Fiorentino share an undeniable onscreen chemistry, and it's refreshing that the May-December relationship isn't realized romantically. Ultimately, Wayne is the third wheel in this threesome, which is unfortunate--he's really not that bad of a guy.

   The actual robbery gets a bit repetitive: They decide to hijack an armored truck and finish its route, and although it's a trip to see Henry in action with the various personnel at the different locales (the cops at the grocery store, the granny with attitude at the stadium, the working girls at the sports bar), one gets tired of seeing Carol call ahead with the we're-sending-some-new-guys-over explanation. In a way, though, the scenes work, building a casual discomfort in the viewer that Bonnie and Clyde plus one are going to get caught. Starring Paul Newman, Linda Fiorentino and Dermot Mulroney. Directed by Marek Kanievska. Written by E. Max Frye and Topper Lilien and Carroll Cartwright. Produced by Ridley Scott, Charles Weinstock, Chris Zarpas and Christopher Dorr. A USA Films release. Crime comedy. Rated PG-13 for some sexual content. Running time: 89 min

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