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movie review Bandits
Rated PG-13
Runtime: 2hr 3min
Starring: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, Troy Garity, Bobby Slayton

MFG Rating: 4/5

DVD Features

Video: Both widescreen enhanced and fullscreen are available on the same disc. For the most part the video is solid with nice brilliant colors in the daylight and good deep blacks at night. We did actually notice some edge enhancement however.

Audio: Includes both a Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS track, but you would never know it. Although there's some action in this film that presents the opportunity to use surround and low frequency effects, both the rears and the sub stay pretty quiet. The center channel gets a work out and even the music seems overly balanced toward front center.

Extras: All the usual stuff is included. We get deleted and alternate scenes including an alternate ending, music video, making-of featurette, filmmakers workshop and the obligatory trailers and notes.

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Movies For Guys' Original Review of the Theatrical Release

Bandits is one of those movies that defies classification. It contains almost equal doses of comedy, drama, action and even romance. For our purposes, we enjoyed the laughs more than anything else, so we're going to call it a comedy.

banditsThe movie stars Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton as the "Sleepover Bandits". These two bankrobbers escape prison and come up with a rather unique solution to the problem of how to rob a bank. In order to minimize their chances of getting caught, they kidnap the bank manager the night before and then go in with him early and use his keys and codes to rob the place before anyone else even shows up to get in the way.

Bruce Willis plays Joe, the tough guy of the pair. Billy Bob Thornton plays Terry, the brains of the group. However, despite being the brains of the outfit, Terry is more than a little neurotic which makes for some hysterical situations. This is not just a buddy movie though, as we also have Cate Blanchett playing the love interest, Kate. The love interest of which one? Well, it's predictable but I wont spoil it.

Barry Levinson does a great job with this movie although it jumps around in the time line almost to an annoying degree at times. Billy Bob cracked us up more than a few times. Some of the neurotic tendancies of the character are borrowed from Thronton's real life neurosis, which makes it all the more funny for those who are true fans of Billy Bob. Our only fault with the movie is that the romance gets in the way at a few points and makes the movie drag at a couple of points.

Overall though we consider this movie a winner and give it 4 stars. The film is also a very good choice for a date movie. If this movie were released with the summer block busters it would probably go almost straight to video, but this time of year it's one of the better choices out there. Give it a look, we think you'll like it.

- Billy Bob

Vital Stats
                   
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Gun Play
                   
Not as much as you might think considering they're bankrobbers.


Blood & Gore
                   
Mostly flesh wounds...


Car Chases
                   
Never ride with a sexually frustrated female driver.


T&A
                   
A couple of lingerie shots.

Chuckles
                   
Some good laughs, but this is as much an action, drama or romance as it is a comedy.