Best Laid Plans

Best Laid Plans

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Director: Mike Barker

Cast: Alessandro Nivola, Father Terrance Sweeney, Rebecca Klingler

     
 

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Absolutely nobody is who he or she seems in this stylish thriller about a guy who wants to get out of his fly-speck hometown, the girlfriend who wants to help him, and the successful friend who just might make it possible. When Bryce (Josh Brolin) returns to his tiny hometown of Tropico, NV, he finds pal Nick (Alessandro Nivola) still living there unhappily. One night… See more details below

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Absolutely nobody is who he or she seems in this stylish thriller about a guy who wants to get out of his fly-speck hometown, the girlfriend who wants to help him, and the successful friend who just might make it possible. When Bryce (Josh Brolin) returns to his tiny hometown of Tropico, NV, he finds pal Nick (Alessandro Nivola) still living there unhappily. One night the pair meets a beautiful blonde at the bar and eventually Bryce takes her back to the house where he's staying. When the girl, Lissa (Reese Witherspoon), reveals that she's under age and threatens to turn Bryce in for statutory rape, he panics, ties her up in the basement, and puts in an anguished call to Nick. Little does Bryce realize, however, that Lissa is actually Nick's very grown-up girlfriend, and that the two lovers have decided Bryce and the ritzy house where he's staying will play a major role in their bid to leave behind dead-end Tropico forever.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
A slick visual sense, tight plotting, clever comic relief, and plenty of post-Tarantino playing around with time distinguish this neo-noir thriller from sophomore director Mike Barker. Writer Ted Griffin knows that double-crosses and unreliable narration are the name of the game in this genre, but he still manages to keep the audience guessing with his labyrinth script. It helps that preppy Josh Brolin makes such a believably slimy bachelor and that Reese Witherspoon's cover-girl features and frosty reserve are so indelible. Dead-end settings, picturesque villains, and graphic violence may be stock devices in the playful end of the noir revival, but the PC button-pushing and gender subtext of Best Laid Plans make for a richer, more nuanced viewing experience than we'd get from a straightforward genre effort of similar quality. Special notice should be paid to the performance of Alessandro Nivola, whose poutily handsome features and barely checked intensity also graced Michael Winterbottom's similarly dark I Want You. Best Laid Plans doesn't live up to the quality of that film, but it does mark Barker and Griffin as filmmakers to watch.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/01/2009
UPC:
0024543047674
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:32:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; 8 deleted scenes; Alternate ending; Audio commentary with director Mike Barker; Featurette; Cast and crew bios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alessandro Nivola Nick
Father Terrance Sweeney Priest
Rebecca Klingler Diner Waitress
Reese Witherspoon Lissa
Josh Brolin Bryce
Kate Hendrickson Bar Waitress
Owen Bush Vagrant
Rocky Carroll Bad Ass Dude
Michael Hagerty Charlie
Jesse Woodrow Roach Coach Clerk
Michael McCleery Recycling Owner
Terrence Howard Jimmy
James Marsh Barry
Sean Nepita Freddie
Gene Wolande Lawyer
Jonathan McMurtry Vet
Jody Wood Bruhfire Cop
Teddy Vincent Lawyer Secretary
José Mendoza Renaldo
Jane Morris Realtor
David Mandel Evangelist
Alec Berg Phone Guy No. 1
Jeff Schaffer Phone Guy No. 2
Craig Armstrong Conductor
Isobel Griffiths Conductor
Cecilia Weston Conductor

Technical Credits
Mike Barker Director
Craig Armstrong Score Composer
Sean Bailey Producer
Phil Bartko Special Effects
Jay Bartus Special Effects
Sophie Becher Production Designer
Betsy Beers Producer
Gina-Raye Carter Stunts
Mali Finn Casting
Nathaniel Goodman Camera Operator
Alan Greenspan Producer
Ted Griffin Screenwriter
Dawna Hammond Special Effects
Stephen Hilton Score Composer
Andy Kennedy Sound Editor
Paul Keogh Score Composer
Sloane Klevin Editor
Randy Krohmer Special Effects
Paul N. Martin Asst. Director
Susan Matheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jason McDonald Animator
Alistair McLeod Score Composer
Chris Moore Producer
Mike Newell Executive Producer
Nancy Paloian-Breznikar Co-producer
Julian Pinn Consultant/advisor
Ben Seresin Cinematographer
Reinhard Stergar Sound/Sound Designer
Brad Wilder Makeup
John R. Zachary Art Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Best Laid Plans
1. Main Titles [:25]
2. A Problem With Bryce [2:54]
3. Sixteen! [:42]
4. A Prior History [7:38]
5. A Father's Debts [2:36]
6. Tropico Recycling [2:46]
7. Payback Demands [2:48]
8. Welcome to Tropico [3:13]
9. Charlie's Trash & Treasures [4:22]
10. Planning a Double-Cross [5:42]
11. Back at the Beginning [2:18]
12. Why Did You Call Me? [5:20]
13. You're Not Coming [1:49]
14. Bad Timing [4:05]
15. A Dead Giveaway [2:27]
16. Honor Among Friends [2:25]
17. End Titles [2:56]

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