A nefarious infomercial tycoon specializing in phony products targeted to Latino viewers gets his comeuppance in pedestrian heist comedy “Ladron que roba a ladron.” Mixing pure telenovela trash with populist themes of a Robin Hood redistributing the wealth to exploited couch potatoes, as well as various illegal-immigration topics, Spanish-language, U.S.-made pic is aimed at Univision fans who will lust for its roster of superstars, led by Fernando Colunga. Pic could rack up surprising B.O. numbers in theaters and vid.
Alejandro (Colunga) reunites with fellow thief Emilio (Miguel Varoni) in Los Angeles to rob the well-guarded safe of an Argentine informercial producer named, oddly (for an Argentinean), Moctezuma Valdez (Saul Lisazo). Distrustful of banks and holding all his cash savings in his home vault, Moctezuma has a history of crime with Alejandro, who masterminds the heist with a motley crew of illegal immigrants treated as invisible help — theoretically, the perfect cover. Comic touches are obvious and broad, while helmer Joe Menendez lacks the essential energy for a vital heist entertainment. Title, taken from a Latin American proverb, roughly translates to “Thief That Robs a Thief.”