Lady Killers

Two conniving, twentysomething hucksters wed a couple of even more conniving, sixtyish spinster sisters 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.

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With: Will Friedle, Chris Owen, Louise Lasser, Renee Taylor.

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.

Lady Killers

Production: A Delfino Entertainment presentation of a Don Ashley production. Produced by Ashley, Gary Preisler. Executive producers, Leland Preisler, Charles V. Kinstler II. Co-producers, Kami Norton, Howard Houng, Dean Blagg. Directed, written by Gary Preisler; story, Preisler, Michael Canale.

Crew: Camera (FotoKem color), Tom Callaway; editor, Robert Brakey; music, Chris Horvath; music supervisor, Gerry Gershman; production designer, Terrence Foster; costume designer, Ellen Falguiere; sound (Dolby Digital), Stewart Pearce; casting, Aaron Griffith. Reviewed at Cinevegas Film Festival, Las Vegas, June 15, 2003. Running time: 84 MIN.

With: With: Will Friedle, Chris Owen, Louise Lasser, Renee Taylor.

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