Sundance 2011 Review: FLYPAPER

ReviewMovie Sundance by Joey Paur

Flypaper was the last movie that I watched up at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and it was a perfect closing film for another great year at Sundance. I didn’t know much about this movie until after I got up at the festival, but it ended up being one hell of an awesome film. The movie was directed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King), and it gives us a great new twist on the classic bank heist story. 

The film stars Patrick Dempsey as interestingly crazy whacked-out character named Tripp Kennedy. The character goes into a bank to make a transaction right before it closes when all of a sudden two different gangs burst into the bank to rob it at the same time. Each gang has no idea that the other gang was going to be there. One gang hit the bank to rob the vault, they are a very professional group of guys with all the tactical assault rifle gear and computer hackery. The second gang are a couple of hilarious red neck hicks who are there to rob the ATM machines. Tripp isn’t able to take his medication because he’s locked inside the bank and he starts to get very hyper-active trying to figure out the big picture of what is going on at this bank, and work everything out between the two different gang to help them work together to get what they both want.

I had a great time watching this film, it was full of fun and inventive laugh-out-loud moments. Patrick Dempsy was pretty freakin’ awesome in this movie, I personally think it’s the best thing he’s done. I’ve never really been a big fan of his, but this guy can do some great comedy. The movie also stars Ashley Judd, Jeffrey Rambor, Mekhi Phifer, and Tim Blake Nelson, who also gave a hilarious performance. 

This movie is eventually going to be released in theaters, and when it does you’re most definitely going to have to watch it.  

Here’s the synopsis for the film:

Tripp Kennedy (Patrick Dempsey) ambles into a bank near closing time, just as two different gangs unwittingly converge to rob it. A shoot-out erupts, and Tripp tackles the smart, pretty teller, Kaitlin (Ashley Judd), to protect her. The gangs—one clearly made up of pros and the other a couple of buffoons named Peanut Butter (Tim Blake Nelson) and Jelly (Pruitt Taylor Vince) —have deadlocked themselves in a Mexican standoff. The bank’s security system starts the end-of-day lockdown and seals everyone into the building. As the night evolves, a hilarious game of cat and mouse ensues as Tripp and Kaitlin try to save the day, escape being killed, and avoid falling in love . . . almost.

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