Welcome To Collinwood (2002)

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A gang of down at heel petty crooks inherit what they think is a perfect crime but in execution, things do not go as smoothly as they’d hoped.

A kind of Ocean’s Eleven for losers, Welcome To Collinwood is a comic heist film that smacks of trying far too hard. I was not surprised to learn it was a remake of a European film because of the broad slapstick and forced wackiness of the whole idea; Jerry Lewis is still one of the most popular comic actors on mainland Europe and from this fact you can draw your own conclusions. The cast are all adequate and there is little here that offends, but the Clouseau-esque heist is typical of the tone of the whole film; ridiculous coincidences, surreal situations, heavy-handed farce and slapstick that plays wholeheartedly to the cheap seats.

Welcome To Collinwood is not completely awful, but considering the talent involved I was expecting a whole lot more.

5.5/10

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