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A Simple Plan

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Starring: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thorton
Director: Sam Raimi
Rated: R
RunTime: 121 Minutes
Release Date: December 1998
Genre: Thriller


*Also starring: Brent Briscoe, Bridget Fonda



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3½ stars out of 4

A Simple Plan turns out not to be so simple.  Like a host of other movies, it begins with a simple "what if" question.   In this case, the question is "What would you do if you found 4 million dollars in cash in a crashed plane"?  The attraction for many of these movies-- at least the better ones-- is that they involve normal people with which we can identify.  Then, when things go terribly wrong, as they usually do, we are disturbed, because we could see these things happening to us.  In this regard, A Simple Plan succeeds, and for this reason alone it is worth watching.  The simple theft, rationalized as a victimless crime, as far ranging and unanticipated consequences.  Paxton does a fine job, and Thorton in particular is impecable.  While the story is slightly unbelieveable at a few points, for the most part it is credible, largely due to the fine acting.   This film does a far better job, than, for example, the moronic "Indecent Proposal", which asks "would you let your spouse have sex with someone else for 1 million dollars"?   The rural setting and demeanor of the characters led my wife to compare this to Fargo (a movie neither of us greatly appreciated).  Overall, this film is highly recommended if you are in the mood to watch an intelligent, well-acted, character-driven thriller.

Special Note: the movie "Shallow Grave" has an extremely similar plot, so if you like this movie, you may want to check that one out.

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