Scorched

on August 01, 2003 by Susan Green
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   The word "quirky" should be stricken from the English language if Hollywood doesn't stop churning out comedic romps that try too hard. Case in point: Director Gavin Grazer's "Scorched," a caper flick populated by oddball types in an ugly desert town who lack any semblance of reality. Three of them figure out, unbeknownst to each other, how to rob the local bank where they're employed as tellers.

   Sheila (Alicia Silverstone) concocts the heist because she's just been dumped by her boyfriend Rick (Joshua Leonard), the smarmy manager. Stuart (Paulo Costanzo) and his unemployed brother Max (David Krumholtz) are hoping to squander their ill-gotten gains in Vegas. Jason (Woody Harrelson) merely wants to empty out the safety deposit box of a wealthy, amoral businessman (John Cleese)--who is also the target of a tomboy named Shmally (Rachael Leigh Cook). Their paths all cross in awkwardly-staged, plodding but never less than quirky ways.    Starring Alicia Silverstone, Woody Harrelson, John Cleese, Rachel Leigh Cook, Paulo Costanzo, David Krumholtz, Joshua Leonard, Ivan Sergei and Marcus Thomas. Directed by Gavin Grazer. Written by Joe Wein. Produced by Al Corley, Bart Rosenblatt and Eugene Musso. No distributor set. Black comedy. Not yet rated. Running time: 90 min.

Tags: Alicia Silverstone, Woody Harrelson, John Cleese, Rachel Leigh Cook, Paulo Costanzo, David Krumholtz, Joshua Leonard, Ivan Sergei, Marcus Thomas, Gavin Grazer, Joe Wein, Al Corley, Bart Rosenblatt, Eugene Musso, Black comedy, rob, boyfriend, relationships, businessman, crooks
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