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.