Review: ‘In This World Of Thieves’

Veteran comedy filmer Carlo Vanzina scores laughs with the pleasing caper, "In This World of Thieves." Vanzina's usual group of disgruntled middle-aged Everymen are duped and then decide it's their turn to screw the shysters. Pic did modest biz on local screens in November, though this type of Italo comedy rarely sprouts offshore wings.

Tossing originality aside while retaining a genial liveliness, veteran comedy filmer Carlo Vanzina scores laughs with the pleasing caper, “In This World of Thieves.” Vanzina’s usual group of disgruntled middle-aged Everymen are duped and then decide it’s their turn to screw the shysters. Inoffensive, and with enough genuine smiles to pass the time, pic did modest biz on local screens in November, though this type of Italo comedy rarely sprouts offshore wings.

A group of time-share investors discover they’ve been duped into buying non-existent property. For most of them, it’s the final straw after years of being screwed, so when nerdy bank clerk Fabio (Carlo Buccirosso) devises a scheme to rip off his nasty employers, he recruits them, including not-so-dumb bombshell Monica (Valeria Marini). Problem is, Fabio seeks advice from con artist extraordinaire Gastone (Ricky Tognazzi), who proceeds to swindle the swindlers until they clue in and seek revenge. Good ensemble perfs, and amusing set-ups that feel like Neil Simon meets “Ocean’s Eleven,” are helped by top-notch tech credits.

In This World Of Thieves

Italy

Production

A Medusa release of a Mario & Vittorio Cecchi Gori presentation of a Cecchi Gori Entertainment Europa production. Produced by Vittorio Cecchi Gori. Directed by Carlo Vanzina. Screenplay, Enrico Vanzina, Carlo Vanzina, Piero De Bernardi, Claudio Pallottini.

Crew

Camera (color, widescreen), Claudio Zamarion; editor, Luca Montanari; music, Antonello Venditti, Enrico Cremonesi; production designer, Tonino Zera; costume designer, Graziella Pera. Reviewed at Multisala Adriano, Rome, Nov. 10, 2004. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Carlo Buccirosso, Valeria Marini, Biagio Izzo, Enzo Iacchetti, Max Pisu, Ricky Tognazzi, Leo Gullotta, Nicola Pistoia, Luca Sandri, Stefano Santospago, Mariella Valentini, Daniele Bettini, Maria Paiato.
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