Within two weeks of each other, Where the Heart Is and Where the Money Is were released at theaters. While completely different in theme, they both have two similarities: They both bombed in theaters, and they both suffer from crappy plots.
Paul Newman plays a robber who is transferred from a prison to a nursing home because he is a vegetable. He's faking it, however, and the nurse who's treating him (Linda Fioerentino of Men in Black) figures it out. She convinces both him and her husband (Dermot Mulroney) to pull off a heist.
The movie does have good acting, highlighted by Paul Newman's wit and Linda Fiorentino's sexy vivaciousness. There's good chemistry between the two stars.
The only thing that Where the Money Is lacks is a good, believable storyline. Some movies are able to overcome a minor setback like this, but Where the Money Is, a low budget movie centered around a heist, needs a good plot. Are we supposed to believe that a) this nurse is going to want to steal a lot of money just because she knows a bank robber and b) this nurse is stupid enough to do the things she does? I mean, she starts doing some weird things by the end.
First off, the heist is too simple. They steal the armored truck and then continue with the rest of their plan basically without problems. A few small things go wrong but nothing too severe, and as I watched I felt that this process should have been a little more complicated.
Second and finally, Where the Money Is needed a good twist in the end to wrap everything up. It doesn't. In fact, it leaves some loose ends (like what happened to the husband), and that's not a good thing.
Where the Money Is could have been better if it had a more complicated plot, but since it didn't, I am compelled to call this movie Where the Storyline Isn't.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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