Funny Money

Funny Money

Director: Leslie Greif

Cast: Chevy Chase, Penelope Ann Miller, Armand Assante

     
 

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Leslie Greif directs this adaptation of Ray Cooney's hit British play, a throwback farce about mistaken identity. Chevy Chase plays Henry Perkins, a listless late-middle-aged executive in a wax fruit company; his wife, Carol (Penelope Ann Miller), is similarly bored, a struggling sculptor and housewife in Hoboken, NJ. On his way home from work to a surprise birthday

Overview

Leslie Greif directs this adaptation of Ray Cooney's hit British play, a throwback farce about mistaken identity. Chevy Chase plays Henry Perkins, a listless late-middle-aged executive in a wax fruit company; his wife, Carol (Penelope Ann Miller), is similarly bored, a struggling sculptor and housewife in Hoboken, NJ. On his way home from work to a surprise birthday party Carol is throwing, he accidentally switches briefcases with a Russian mobster. He opens the suitcase at a local bar and discovers five million dollars inside. He rushes home and tries to arrange a flight to Barcelona for Carol and him so they can take the money and run. Detective Sergeant Genero (Armand Assante) shows up later; he saw Henry at the bar and is suspicious of his actions. The Perkins, along with their friends Vic and Gina Johnson (Christopher McDonald and Alex Meneses), concoct an elaborate plan to fool the detective, which is only complicated by Carol getting sloppy drunk, the arrival of a homicide detective (Kevin Sussman), a famous gallery owner (Rebecca Wisocky), Henry's boss (Robert Loggia), a frustrated standup comic cabbie (Guy Torry), two more identical briefcases, and the party guests. The comic action reaches a climax in a standoff with Mafia kingpin Mr. Big (Zoltan Butuc). Starz Home Entertainment brings this comedy home with an anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen picture and mutliple featurettes on the production that include bits on the location as well as how the film was marketed.

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Leslie Greif creates Funny Money as an homage to ridiculous '60s comedies by directors like Blake Edwards, complete with an animated opening-credits sequence. And while the jokes at times seem just as old and the staging a bit stiff, it achieves a modicum of success through its persistent silliness and harmless good will. After a needlessly drawn-out setup, the action starts to pick up steam once Henry brings the suitcase home and the pile-up of comic complications begins. The interior of the apartment is clearly a soundstage and the action shot from a flat, theatrical point-of-view. This may have been a deliberate attempt to mimic studio comedies, but a more filmic approach and less clunky editing would speed the story along at a livelier pace. Chevy Chase is similarly stilted as Henry, which suits his character, but that doesn't mean he couldn't have worked more humor into his characterization. Penelope Ann Miller and Alex Meneses compensate with energetic what-the-hell performances, precisely what's needed for such a production. The most quietly effective role belongs to Kevin Sussman, who imbues his nervous Nelly homicide detective with just the right mix of fumbling foolery and professional proficiency, like Inspector Clouseau's slightly more competent little brother.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2007
UPC:
0013131501391
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation (1.78:1 enhanced for 16x9 TVS); All about the money; Looking for comedy in Romania; Behind-the-scenes; Poster & still gallery

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chevy Chase Henry Perkins
Penelope Ann Miller Carol Perkins
Armand Assante Detective Sergeant Genero
Robert Loggia Feldman
Christopher McDonald Vic Johnson
Alex Meneses Gina Johnson
Guy Torry Angel
Kevin Sussman Detective Sergeant Denis Slater
Rebecca Wisocky MM. Virginia
Marty Belafsky Stan Martin
Zoltan Butuc Mr. Big

Technical Credits
Leslie Greif Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Stephen Adrianson Editor
Philip Von Alvensleben Executive Producer
Harry Basil Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Bill Butler Cinematographer
Ray Cooney Executive Producer
Bill Ewart Musical Direction/Supervision
Jeff Franklin Executive Producer
Terry Kelley Editor
Stephen Lineweaver Production Designer
Stephen Lovejoy Editor
Pat McCorkle Casting,Co-producer
Andrea Morricone Score Composer
Herb Nanas Producer
Peter Perrotta Co-producer
Petter Perrottia Co-producer
Mac Ruth Sound/Sound Designer
Brad Siegel Producer
Jose Torres Sound/Sound Designer
Donna Zakowska Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Funny Money
1. Bruised Banana (Main Titles) [4:19]
2. Hidden Self [5:03]
3. The Transformation Moment [4:48]
4. One Way Ticket [6:36]
5. Wax Fruit Clue [2:12]
6. Visitors [5:30]
7. Bad Cop [5:44]
8. A Sad Message [4:16]
9. Oh Brother [5:10]
10. "It's For You" [3:31]
11. Tick Tock [7:26]
12. Foul Play Is Afoot [4:58]
13. It's All In a Name [8:18]
14. Party With a Theme [5:24]
15. Who'll See the Body? [4:49]
16. Where's the Money? [3:42]
17. Mr. Big's Arrival [5:15]
18. Happy Birthday [3:09]
19. The Great Escape [2:15]
20. End Credits [5:03]

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