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(2000) (Paul Newman, Linda Fiorentino) (PG-13)

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Drama/Comedy: Transferred from prison to a nursing home after faking the aftereffects of a stroke, a former bank robber reluctantly joins forces with his nurse who uncovers his ruse and wants to become his new criminal partner.
Henry Manning (PAUL NEWMAN), a convicted bank robber, has just been transferred from prison to a nursing home after apparently suffering a stroke. Seemingly near paralyzed and catatonic, Henry is no longer deemed a threat to society and thus is introduced to the other residents of the home.

Despite most evidence to the contrary, nurse Carol Ann McKay (LINDA FIORENTINO) becomes suspicious that Henry might be faking his condition. Besides, she doesn't have much else to hold her interest. Her marriage to husband Wayne (DERMOT MULRONEY) has hit the doldrums and they barely see each due to him working the nightshift, and about the only excitement at work comes from the repeated requests by Karl (BRUCE MACVITTIE), a less than reputable male nurse, who repeatedly invites her for rides on his motorcycle.

Fascinated by Henry's prior escapades and spurred by little hints that he may be carrying out an elaborate and effective ruse, Carol sets out to prove just that. She eventually succeeds, but instead of turning him in to the authorities, she suggests that the two of them become partners in knocking off banks. Henry can't believe his fortune of being discovered by and offered a partnership with a completely green criminal, but Carol eventually convinces him that she could be helpful.

As the two plan their big heist, they must not only contend with the logistics of the crime, but also that of Wayne's reaction to their plan, the fact that they have to keep posing him as a stroke victim, and the possibility that Henry might be transferred back to prison at any moment.

Unless they're fans of someone in the cast, it's probably not very likely.
For some sexual content.
  • PAUL NEWMAN plays a convicted bank robber who fakes the aftereffects of a stroke to be transferred to a nursing home where he can plot his next move. Along the way, however, he must contend with Carol uncovering his ruse and then partnering with her for more criminal activity.
  • LINDA FIORENTINO plays a nursing home nurse whose dead-end life has left her craving something new. As such, once she brings Henry out of his shell (partially using her sexuality), she proposes and then participates in some criminal activity with him.
  • DERMOT MULRONEY plays her husband who's first jealous of Carol's attraction to Henry, but after agreeing to do so in a drunken stupor, joins forces with them to steal some money. He also uses some profanity.
  • BRUCE MACVITTIE plays a male attendant at a nursing home who hits on Carol and steals most of Henry's belongings under the assumption that no is watching him.


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    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this PG-13 rated drama/comedy hybrid. Sexual content is what earns the film its rating and includes some clothed foreplay and other groping, suggested and partially seen sex, a woman trying to use her sexuality (including a lap dance of sorts) to break a man's concentration. Some related comments are also present.

    The three main characters decide to abduct some armored car personnel, take over their route and steal the money they collect. While they use guns for the abduction, they aren't violent during their criminal spree. Their behavior, however, which leads to some scenes that may be tense for some viewers, shows bad attitudes, while others are also present, and their criminal actions and some others may prove to be imitative to impressionable kids (especially since it's made to look like fun and two of the three criminals get away with their actions).

    Profanity consists of several uses of the "s" word, other profanities and some colorful phrases. Some smoking and drinking are present, with the latter including a somewhat intoxicated main character. The film's remaining categories have little or nothing in the way of major objectionable content, but if you're still uncertain about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone in your home, you may want to take a closer look at our more detailed content listings.

  • Carol drinks a beer.
  • Wayne admits he was out drinking with his boss (while schmoozing him to get a raise).
  • Some people have beer at a picnic.
  • Carol offers a near catatonic Henry a beer while on a picnic (he doesn't respond).
  • We see Henry, Carol and Wayne in a bar (after Henry announces that he needs a drink) and see the three drink or have shots in front of them.
  • It looks like Karl is rolling a joint in one scene, but it could also be just a homemade cigarette (we don't see him using it as a joint).
  • Carol has a beer and later we see one on her bed stand.
  • Wayne has a beer in a bar, and later walks out with Carol, still holding a beer and appearing somewhat intoxicated.
  • Henry drinks liquor from a small bottle.
  • A few people have drinks inside a bar.
  • Karl has some bloody cuts on his face after crashing his motorcycle into a van.
  • We hear the sound of Carol vomiting from nerves before they begin their criminal plan.
  • Wayne doesn't show up to give Carol a ride to work as he promised (although he was schmoozing with his boss to get a raise).
  • Henry is a bank robber and Carol and Wayne eventually join him in kidnapping some armored car personnel and then going on their route and stealing the money they collect.
  • Some may see Carol as having some of both for believing Henry's faking his condition to the point that she tries seducing him (including a lap dance in his wheelchair) and then by pushing him (in his wheelchair) into a deep body of water where both sink underneath the surface.
  • Karl repeatedly steals Henry's personal items from his drawer, thinking the old and presumably near comatose man doesn't know what he's doing.
  • Henry steals Wayne's car for a while.
  • Carol creates a distraction so that she can fake signing Henry back into the home.
  • Although we don't see the actual theft, Wayne steals a van for their criminal plan.
  • We see what's presumably a flashback scene of Carol and Wayne driving in a convertible in their early years together where she's lying across his body and he kisses and caresses her while driving. He naturally ends up losing control of the car, getting it back on the road only to be nearly hit by an approaching truck until they run off the road again.
  • Thinking that Henry is faking his stroke-related paralysis, Carol eventually pushes him and his wheelchair into a deep body of water and lets both sink under the surface. When neither comes up, she panics and Wayne dives in with hopes of rescuing Henry.
  • Wayne goes off to meet some of Henry's criminal friends and both he and Carol are a bit nervous about this nighttime meeting.
  • Some cops stop Henry while he's dressed as an armored car guard/employee and it seems that his ruse might be discovered.
  • Later, it seems that Carol will be discovered in the back of the armored truck (thus revealing their ruse) and Wayne readies his weapon to take care of the person who might discover her (but nothing happens).
  • Shotguns/Handguns: Carried by prison guards and/or Henry and Wayne.
  • Handgun: Briefly held by Henry as he kidnaps some armored car personnel and later by Carol as she springs Henry.
  • Phrases: "Sh*t hits the fan," "Chick" (woman), "Bastard," "Screw up," "Kick in the ass," "What the hell," "Don't screw it up," "That sucks," "Moron," "Pain in the ass," "Nuts" (crazy), "Idiots" and "Bozo."
  • While the odds of kids imitating this probably aren't that high, Carol convinces Henry and Wayne to help her down the path of becoming a criminal (since she feels her life is in a dead-end and has no excitement). As such, the three kidnap and bind some armored car personnel and then go on their collection run, stealing all of the money they collect.
  • In addition, some kids may try faking an illness to get out of having to do something, such as going to school.
  • We see what's presumably a flashback scene of Carol and Wayne driving in a convertible in their early years together where she's lying across his body and he kisses and caresses her while driving (that ends with them running off the road).
  • Thinking that Henry is faking his stroke-related paralysis, Carol first tries to seduce him (including a lap dance in his wheelchair) and then lets him and his wheelchair fall into and sink under the surface of a deep body of water (that works, but kids could get the same idea with other people who really are affected that way).
  • To show his level of concentration, Henry puts out a lit cigarette in the palm of his hand. Wayne later tries this but reacts to the burning sensation.
  • Henry cuts what's presumably the brake line on Karl's motorcycle, thus making him crash his bike into the side of a van (we only see the aftermath and not the impact). As a result, Karl has some bloody cuts on his face.
  • Carol tries to run a prison van off the road.
  • Henry drives a car into a large body of water trying to elude the police.
  • None.
  • Just a bit of suspenseful music plays during the film.
  • None.
  • At least 2 "s" words, 1 slang term for sex ("screw"), 1 slang term for male genitals ("crank"), 1 slang term for breasts ("knockers"), 8 damns, 8 hells, 3 asses, 1 crap, 1 S.O.B., 7 uses of "G-damn," 3 of "Jesus," 2 each of "God" and "Oh my God" and 1 use of "For Christ's sakes" as exclamations.
  • We see what's presumably a flashback scene of Carol and Wayne driving in a convertible in their early years together. She lies across his body as he kisses and caresses her clothed body (including a brief bit at her breasts) while driving. When she asks to drive, he says he has to keep his hands on the wheel. In return, she tells him that she has a better place for his hand and places it on her clothed butt. They eventually run of the road and down an embankment where we then see their stopped car. We then see her legs sticking up in the air and aren't sure if that's from the wreck or if something sexual is occurring (or both) since we can't see anything else.
  • With Henry in her presence (but seemingly suffering from a stroke), Carol realizes she's bent over (in her relatively short work skirt) with her rear in his direction (but we don't see anything explicit).
  • Carol and Wayne start fooling around in a room where Henry (still in his stroke-afflicted state) is also located. He feels her clothed butt, but she states that they can't do that there with Henry in the room so she wheels him just outside their door and has him facing away from them. As we see him in the foreground of the shot, we can partially see them in the background with her bending over a metal examination table with Wayne behind her, partially pulling up her skirt (nothing explicit is seen). They then kiss some more, and we hear some vague sexual sounds and mostly obscured and briefly seen movement but can't quite tell exactly what they're doing (although it's obviously implied that they have sex). When Carol goes out to wheel Henry back in, she realizes he could see everything that was happening in a mirror.
  • Believing that Henry's faking his condition and trying to lure him out of it, Carol suggestively puts her leg up onto something so that Henry can see her spread legs and inner thigh (and perhaps more - we only see the angle from behind her). When that doesn't work and as she comments that the prison officials obviously took the wrong approach at trying to break his ruse, Carol states that some "down home therapy" is more effective. As such, she hikes up her skirt, straddles his lap in his wheelchair, suggestively licks her own finger and then runs it across his lips. She then takes his head and pulls it into her cleavage (while telling him, "Just let go"), and then grinds a bit on his lap while telling him that she knows he's in there and for him to "come out, come out."
  • We see Wayne standing nude in the bathroom having just come out of the shower (a towel covers his privates - although we briefly see all of his bare hip as well as a view down toward his crotch as his towel hangs low).
  • Carol tells Karl, "If you're going to compare your crank (privates) to a bike, you better get a scooter."
  • After Henry comments that Carol flashed her "knockers" to get a free toaster oven from a bank, he then adds, "If you had dropped your panties you might have gotten a cast-iron stove."
  • After Carol tells Wayne of her ulterior motives of seeing Henry, he cautiously states, "So you don't want to screw that guy, you just want to rob a bank with him?"
  • Some neon signs on a bar show the outlines of shapely/sexy women. Inside the bar, Henry sees several women (showing cleavage) who may be hookers (since they talk about him returning with money).
  • Carol smokes several times (while also wearing several nicotine patches), while Wayne, Karl and a miscellaneous man at a picnic also smoke.
  • Although no children are involved, Carol and Wayne get into several arguments and he becomes jealous of her involvement with Henry (although no sex or romance is involved).
  • Carol's need for some excitement in her life manifesting itself in her wanting to rob a bank and then participating in an armored car heist/con.
  • Henry cuts what's presumably the brake line on Karl's motorcycle, thus making him crash his bike into the side of a van (we only see the aftermath and not the impact). As a result, Karl has some bloody cuts on his face.
  • A masked Henry aims a gun at some armored car personnel and he and Wayne then tie these men up with duct tape.
  • Carol grabs a prison guard's gun and holds it on him.
  • Henry backs a car through a garage door to elude the police.

  • Reviewed April 7, 2000 / Posted April 14, 2000

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