Max (Sigourney Weaver) and Page (Jennifer Love Hewitt) are a mother-daughter grifter team that con wealthy men into marrying Max, then on the wedding night, Page seduces the man, Max catches the two embraced, she files for divorce, gets a load of money and they move on to the next victim. When they pull the con on Dean (Ray Liotta) he vows to get even. Meanwhile, Max goes after a new victim, a wealthy, chain-smoking, obnoxious tobacco millionaire William Tensy (Gene Hackman) and Page goes after an honest wealthy bar owner Jack (Jason Lee) only this time, she does the unthinkable, she falls in love and can’t go through with it. When Dean, William, Jack, Max and Page are brought together through unusual circumstances, the game gets interesting. Anne Bancroft, Nora Dunn also stars.
THE GOOD:…This opera of comedy is unique and funny with plots twists, surprises and clever cons. I enjoyed seeing Weaver in a comedy role she was born to play. My favorite scene is of Max singing “I’m back in the USSR with a Russian accent. Hewitt finally gets to grow into a woman’s role, which she adequately crosses over with her character. The style of comedy reminded me of a reverse “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” with a touch of madcap comedy and way more sex. Beneath the funny outer con layer of the story, is a dysfunctional, hurt mother, struggling to let go of a daughter who needs to be out on her own. I liked the fact that in the end, choices are made to turn lifestyles and behavior around for the good. And honesty becomes the best policy at the end of all the lies. THE NOT-SO-GOOD:…Since the con revolves around the idea that a man is caught in a compromising sexual position with Page, there’s definitely sexual dialogue, themes and innuendoes al through the story. At the beginning there’s a steamy honeymoon scene that turns funny but no sexual situations actually happen and there’s no nudity. Some language, lots of cleavage, crude dialogue (after all they are grifters) and petty crime situations (stealing gas, faking a fall to stay in a hotel, pouring glass on food in a restaurant so it will be free, etc.).