Two conniving, twentysomething hucksters (Will Friedle, Chris Owen) wed a couple of even more conniving, sixtyish spinster sisters (Louise Lasser, Renee Taylor) in Gary Preisler’s woefully strained black comedy “Lady Killers,” a movie that strives for “Quadruple Indemnity” but ends up proving the law of inverse proportions. Good for a few chuckles early on, obvious and cheaply made pic isn’t festival material, but may see some shelf life as a cable and video item.
Pic’s undernourished comic conceit is that these wealthy sisters aren’t wealthy at all; they’re flat broke. Their naive young suitors haven’t stumbled on to a cash cow at all, but rather a death trap, with the sisters concocting various “accidents” designed so that they can cash in their husbands’ large life insurance policies. Pic’s scant pleasures come from Lasser and Taylor — loopy, pro comediennes both. But even they can do only so much for a movie that falls back on sub- “Weekend at Bernie’s” corpse-carting antics and builds to a safecracking climax.