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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Longshot


**** The Longshot. Comedy.

Directed by: Paul Bartel
Starring: Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Jack Weston, Ted Wass



Watched the second half of this DVD with the boys--we'd watched They Went That-a-Way & That-a-Way several months ago.

A group of four buddies (Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Jack Weston, and Ted Wass), losers, but not bad guys, get a tip on a sure thing at the track--a longshot that's guaranteed to pay off big. The only problem is that they don't have the money to bet big enough to make it worth the while of the guy who's promised to fix the race for them. So they go to the local mob boss for a loan.

Which succeeds about as well as Tim Conway's character trying to seduce the money out of a rich dame. That is to say, not at all.

It's a comedy of errors, and boy, do these guys make a lot of them. This is a low-key sort of comedy, but the four are such genial losers you can't help but like them even while you know they're going to screw up.

The boys enjoyed it, too--in fact, Camden came in while I was looking at the YouTube video and said "oh, The Longshot! That was a good movie." Proof that it doesn't have to be all about slick special effects and frantic action.


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