Back in my college and post-college days, when I worked at movie theaters and video stores, there were a handful of movies that were my go-to recommendations for people who’d seen all the blockbusters and were looking for something different (but not too different). The 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was a decent-sized hit, but I still found a lot of people who hadn’t seen the picture, and never met one who didn’t appreciate my pushing it. Based loosely on the 1964 caper comedy Bedtime Story, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels stars Michael Caine and Steve Martin as competing con men on the French Riviera, who race each other to bilk 50K from an heiress played by Glenne Headly. The film has twists galore—including a great one at the end—but it’s greatest and most unexpected pleasure is the chemistry between the dopey Martin, the refined Caine, and the wide-eyed Headly. Frank Oz’s direction is energetic, and the resort locations make Dirty Rotten Scoundrels like a mini-vacation, spent with lively company. It airs on Epix3 tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern.
December 04, 2014 Cable Pick Of The Day