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They're back. And then some. Twelve is the new eleven when Danny Ocean and pals return in a sequel to the cool caper that saw them pull off a $160 million heist. But 160 million doesn't go as far as it used to. Not with everyone spending like sailors on leave. Not with a mysterious someone stalking Danny and crew. It's time to pull off another stunner of a plan?or plans. With locations including Amsterdam, Paris and Rome, the direction of Steven Soderbergh and the original cast plus Catherine Zeta-Jones and others, Twelve is your lucky number.

Like its predecessor Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve is a piffle of a caper, a preposterous plot given juice and vitality by a combination of movie star glamour and the exuberant filmmaking skill of director Steven Soderbergh (Out of Sight, The Limey). The heist hijinks of the first film come to roost for a team of eleven thieves (including the glossy mugs of Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Bernie Mac, and Don Cheadle), who find themselves pursued not only by the guy they robbed (silky Andy Garcia), but also by a top-notch detective (plush Catherine Zeta-Jones) and a jealous master thief (well-oiled Vincent Cassel) who wants to prove that team leader Danny Ocean (dapper George Clooney) isn't the best in the field. As if all that star power weren't enough--and the eternally coltish Julia Roberts also returns as Ocean's wife--one movie star cameo raises the movie's combined wattage to absurd proportions. But all these handsome faces are matched by Soderbergh's visual flash, cunning editing, and excellent use of Amsterdam, Paris, and Rome, among other highly decorative locations. The whole affair should collapse under the weight of its own silliness, but somehow it doesn't--the movie's raffish spirit and offhand wit soar along, providing lightweight but undeniable entertainment. --Bret Fetzer

Customer Reviews:

  • About emperors and clothes...
    This is probably not the worst film I ever saw (that must have been some pretentious "artistic", "expressionistic" crap) but it is definitely among the stupidest.

    The director shows not a grain of respect for the intelligence of a common viewer and just keeps parading actors on the screen talking nonsense, doing improbable and in the end achieving impossible.

    If all this would have been infused with some self-deprecating wit and humor *maybe* it could have been viewable (just maybe). But being soaked with actors' love of themselves and disregard for the character they are supposed to embody, it is painful to look at. There is more good acting and dialog when these stars walk the red carpet on Oscar nights and talk to Joan Rivers than in this movie.

    Yes my friends, the emperor has no clothes, and the sight is not pleasant......more info
  • Running On Low
    The remake of OCEAN'S ELEVEN had a certain charm and drive with its character based and motivated plot behind it. It was a fun movie. OCEAN'S TWELVE seems a bit contrived and protracted. There is really no clear direction present and the actors look a bit excruciatingly perplexed at times as to what the con is really all about. OCEAN'S TWELVE has a certain nonchalant attitude that undermines what really could have been a good sequel. The cast is fine but they deserved a better plot and direction. A positive note Julia Roberts steals this one, but that is saying very little.
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  • Looking for the funny...
    Wow - hard to put into words how bad this was...... We kept waiting for the funny - it never came - we didn't even watch the end.... when they started turning Julia Roberts (Tess) into the "real" Julia Roberts - well - we were done....... note funny - no.............more info
  • One can only wonder
    With all the good actors/actresses in this movie. It seems like they spend more time focused a few of the "alleged Ocean's Twelve". Dont get me wrong i liked what the movie had to offer, but it doesnt really compare to Ocean's Eleven. It seemed more folks got the time to shine, not this time. We all know the premise/story behind this one. But with everyone in there from Bernie Mac, Julia Roberts to Don Cheadle. I just dont feel they got their due in this along with other actors as well. This one could've been so much better than it was. In my opinion it's just a little bit above average sequel....more info
  • Talk about sloppy seconds...
    The thing is, I should have known this was going to happen, and in a way I did. I mean, I've been vocal about not getting into `Ocean's Eleven' and I just had this horrible feeling that this movie was going to be just as bad. I never imagined that it would be worse, but `just as bad', yes.

    The whole concept behind the original film was taking a bunch of highly recognizable stars and throw them into a fast paced (albeit brainless) caper of a film where they got to be funny (sort of) and interact on a very personal level with one another, hopefully to engage the audience and make a lot of money. The problem was that not one of the actors could live up to their own hype. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts...all actors who are genuinely charming and interesting and engaging, yet together at this magnitude they were lukewarm at best. The problem with `Ocean's Twelve' is that they repeat the same ineffective formula, adding only layers of confusion and stupidity to spice things up.

    I can't even really begin to explain to you what they are trying to pull off here, but I'll attempt it. The gang is all back, except this time they are stealing money to save their lives since Terry Benedict (the guy they robbed in the first film) has found them all and tells them if they don't pay back what they stole with interest then they are dead men. They flee to Amsterdam to try their hand and getting back the money but there is a thief called the Nightfox who is one step ahead of them the entire way. Seems that he sit he one who tipped off Benedict as to their whereabouts because he felt threatened by Ocean's success and wanted to prove once and for all that he was the better thief.

    Add to the mix Rusty's (that's Pitt) former flame Isabel Lahiri, who has an agenda all her own, and you have a slightly confusing, rather bland and boring answer to the mess they handed us in 2001.

    I really wanted this to be so much better than it was. I thought that maybe the spark they were missing in `Ocean's Eleven' would be found after these years went by and they might bring something fresh and exciting to the table, but this atrocity if far worse than the original. Clooney, Pitt, Roberts, Garcia, Zeta-Jones, Caan, Affleck, Cheadle (who fares better than anyone else) and especially Damon are all just boring. There is no natural charm in these actors.

    Honestly, aside from one hilarious scene where Tess pretends to be Julia Roberts in order to complete a heist and is accosted by Bruce Willis, the film almost put me to sleep. That one scene saved the film a bit.

    I have yet to attempt the third film (it's been sitting on my DVR for months now) but I will soon. I'm not looking forward to it, but I would feel incomplete if I didn't at least give it a try. I want to give this movie an F because I was so furious with its lack of real effort, but I'm going to settle for a D, maybe D-. The film is dreadful in scenes, but Roberts elevates the whole film with three minutes of pure unadulterated charisma, and for that I am grateful....more info
  • "Different feel: same Schtick!"
    The only good thing about this movie was the laser dance scene. Otherwise, don't waste your time with this movie.

    If we really wanted to know what could happen after the fact . . .we would have asked for a sequel. I know I sure didn't. Sure, there were some techno scenes with cool gizmos but it all got lost in continuing personalities that seem to drag. All the characters have spent their money away, and that is understandable. If anything the movie is predictably bad....more info
  • Absolutely horrible!
    Why is it that great movies have horrible sequels?

    Ocean's 12 has good acting and nice scenes but the storyline and the plot don't match and live up to the standard set by Ocean's 11.

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  • Horse Doodle
    This is a sad attempt at movie making. All over the place and you don't know what they're trying to do for most of it. As bland as Ocean's 11 was, this just takes that to a whole other level and is excruciatingly pathetic. One of the worst movies I saw in 2005 or whatever year it was....more info
  • Awesome movie
    A great movie and a great sequel to Ocean's Eleven. Pay attention because it can get confusing but a great plot if you pay attention. Matt Damon Brad Pitt and George Clooney along with Julia Roberts make for a great acting team...more info
  • Fun, albeit shallow film
    Ocean's 12 possibly has the most starpower in any film since the legendary western The Magnificent Seven ages ago. In adition to the entire cast of the original including Geogre Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Andy Garcia, Bernie Macc, and Don Cheedle among others, Catherine Zeta Jones joins the cast, and there's a surprsing guest apperence I won't spoil here. Even though all these actors have been better, some have been substatially better, in other films, it's fun to see such an attractive, charistmatic cast work together, even as the plot is a throwaway. It's a slower film than Ocean's Eleven, and the end payoff isn't quite as good, and the plot is even more preposterous, but none the less I had a decent time. Don't expect much; just expect mediocre work that comes off as slightly better than mediocre. ...more info
  • A movie made for a paycheck - weak, dumb and silly
    When a screen full of big names - many of them good actors - make a sequel this bad, they have to be doing it for the paycheck. I suspect that if any of them had read the scipt, he or she would have hurt themselves laughing.

    The plot - steal 97 million bucks so that the guy you stole other millions from won't kill you. DUH! Real bad guys shoot people who rob them, don't they?

    The sub plot - the world's greatest thief thwarts them because his reputation as the world's greatest thief is damaged. Geez, what were they thinking?

    Spare yourself - watch it on TV and donate the money you would have spent on the DVD to a good charity....more info
  • A real 'sleeper' of a film
    The hard truth is "Twelve" put me to sleep a couple of times. I repeated the scenes I'd missed and wondered why I bothered afterward.

    The best part(s) of this film were Angelina Jolie and Julia Roberts. The Julia Roberts' mistaken identity scene was what earned this film a second star. I actually watched that one portion of the film twice and laughed both times.

    I'd strongly suggest you rent this movie before you consider buying it. If you like "Ocean's Twelve" there may be really good deals available for purchase.

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  • 3 stars out of 4
    The Bottom Line:

    Though the caper aspects of Ocean's Twelve are rather dissapointing, the amusing character interaction, several hilarious scenes, and an inspired gag involving Julia Roberts make this film worthy of a tepid recommendation....more info
  • Yummy men!
    This movie is AMAZING. Aside from the fact several hot men are present within it the story has a great twist. It keeps you guessing till the end and really allows you to experience that "ah ha" moment....more info
  • Underrated fluff
    A lack of pretension can cover a multitude of sins- even the lack of a plausible script. Such is the premise that Ocean's Twelve, the sequel to Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven remake of the Rat pack classic 1960s caper film, must have been pitched at studio executives with. Simply put, never has a film about less, with less characterization and more smug mugging for the camera ever worked better. There were a plethora of such films in the 1960s, both American and European, and even Japanese, but none with the star power this film has. Style, on very rare occasions, can trump substance, and this film is that exceptional one that proves that substance usually is king.
    Ok, what of the plot? In the first film Danny Ocean (George Clooney)and his crew stole $160 million from the casino of a big time casino owning mobster named Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia). This film opens three years later, with all eleven thrives hunted down and given a deadline with which to pay back the money with interest, or die. Of course, there are plot holes galore. The whole set up is untenable, and the fact that such smooth operators would so easily expose themselves is ridiculous. Still, there are some really funny scenes of Bernie Mac in a massage, Rusty (Matt Damon) as a lap dog, and assorted other funny scenes. Only Ocean manages to escape such a threat- but not for long, as he re-teams with the others to make things right....What I find amazing is how many reviewers panned this film. It reminded me of the roasting the 1998 Hollywood version of Godzilla got; as if a film about a big lizard stomping on New York would or should have been Oscar caliber? This is why I started off talking about pretense, and its ability to salvage potentially bad films. In this case, it works, and so does the film. Now, if Ocean's Thirteen were smart it would just focus all on Ms. Jones. Sometimes pretense has its charms!
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  • What a hurling cheeseball
    I think just about any movie that Julie Roberts touches ends up being stupid, cheesy, and/or melodramatic to an extreme. O-12 is 2 out of 3. O-11 was clever, but Ocean's 12 has nothing inventive within its plot or its execution. If I idolized Pitt, Roberts, Damon, or Clooney Ocean's 12 would be my all time best favorite movie ever, because really all you get from this movie is to see the 4 of them run around. And a film that looks to Roberts and Damon to carry it is in serious trouble. Oh but wait, here comes Bruce Willis to save the day!! What a train wreck. The only interesting character--Toulour--is framed as a bad guy who loses out in the end because Clooney and Roberts are beautiful people, and beautiful people he ain't. Bl*ckbuster was selling these DVDs for less than the cost of renting, so we bought it thinking we were getting a deal. Suckers! Buying A0L CDs would be a better value. ...more info
  • the one I watch the most
    Am I the only one who, when compelled to reach for an Ocean's flick, goes for 12 more than the others?

    I think it's because 12 is the least straight forward. Perhaps the base audience for Ocean's like their caper flicks straight forward. I don't know. For me, it sets itself up for repeat viewings, to try to figure it out knowing how it turns out. I would say the first 3/4s holds my attention better than any other part of the series (except that verbal restaurant duel between Tess and Danny in 11). I love the Isabelle character and that dynamic. On the downside, the big Julia Roberts payoff left me ho hum. It was a little too kitchy for my blood. I also can't fathom why Bernie Mac, with all his talent and charisma, would be so callously shuffled aside.

    Flawed as it is, I still stand by it as the one I watch the most....more info
  • Well the first one wasn't exactly brilliant, either.
    There is so much badness here, from Don Cheadle's fake English accent to Matt Damon trying to be as annoying as possible. But somehow I found the idea of these megastars, many of whom are worth more than these guys are trying to steal, kinda funny. ...more info
  • A Big Disappointment
    The producers of the original movie should have left a good thing alone. This movie is a forced sequel that has too many stars with not enough story to keep them busy or interesting. The original group that robbed the Las Vegas hotel in the first one are being told to repay the money they stole with interest. They go to Amsterdam to pull a major heist so they can get the funds to pay it back. The story gets ridiculuous after that with Julia Roberts playing a con artist pretending to be Julia Roberts. Maybe they should have hired less expensive actors to play the high priced ones and thrown in a good story line instead....more info
  • Don't bother...
    I did not sit through the whole thing, could not stay AWAKE... a waste of 60+ minutes and I'll never get them back. What the hell is wrong with them?? They might as well have just put out a "Aren't we cool, all famous buddies and stuff 2006 Calendar??!!" and call it a day.

    And all the money that must have been flushed...I've heard there are a few people in the world who could have used it this year... ...more info
  • Stupid, pointless, and confusing...
    At first, I couldn't understand how so many highly-paid and famous "stars" would willingly participate in this dud. But then somebody told me everyone in Hollywood is on cocaine which makes everything look great. And as many others have said, they got to celebrate their egos and apparently had a lot of fun at our expense. I guess that explains it. But it's so bad I may just throw it away and save the space in my DVD rack......more info
  • Underrated fluff
    A lack of pretension can cover a multitude of sins- even the lack of a plausible script. Such is the premise that Ocean's Twelve, the sequel to Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven remake of the Rat pack classic 1960s caper film, must have been pitched at studio executives with. Simply put, never has a film about less, with less characterization and more smug mugging for the camera ever worked better. There were a plethora of such films in the 1960s, both American and European, and even Japanese, but none with the star power this film has. Style, on very rare occasions, can trump substance, and this film is that exceptional one that proves that substance usually is king.
    Ok, what of the plot? In the first film Danny Ocean (George Clooney)and his crew stole $160 million from the casino of a big time casino owning mobster named Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia). This film opens three years later, with all eleven thrives hunted down and given a deadline with which to pay back the money with interest, or die. Of course, there are plot holes galore. The whole set up is untenable, and the fact that such smooth operators would so easily expose themselves is ridiculous. Still, there are some really funny scenes of Bernie Mac in a massage, Rusty (Matt Damon) as a lap dog, and assorted other funny scenes. Only Ocean manages to escape such a threat- but not for long, as he re-teams with the others to make things right....What I find amazing is how many reviewers panned this film. It reminded me of the roasting the 1998 Hollywood version of Godzilla got; as if a film about a big lizard stomping on New York would or should have been Oscar caliber? This is why I started off talking about pretense, and its ability to salvage potentially bad films. In this case, it works, and so does the film. Now, if Ocean's Thirteen were smart it would just focus all on Ms. Jones. Sometimes pretense has its charms!
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  • Do You BELIEVE How Cool We Are?
    On the level of plot, the movie is mostly blurred. On the level of style, the film is way too slick to ever create any kind of real dramatic reality or momentum. This movie might have worked If it had put more effort into clarifying its complex plot, and if Clooney and Pitt had not both disappeared into a cloud of their own coolness. They are both so laid back & cool & suave that they become like Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat--all grin and no substance. It's a movie about tempo, style & cool; it's not a movie with a story that arouses interest.
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  • Oceans Twelve (2004)
    Director: Steven Soderbergh
    Cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Vincent Cassel, Don Cheadle, Andy Garcia, Bernie Mac, Scott Caan, Casey Affleck, Carl Reiner, Robbie Coltrane, Elliot Gould.
    Running Time: 125 minutes
    Rated PG-13 for language.

    Sesame Street is having an aneurysm over this movie's slogan: "Twelve is the new Eleven". Having nailed the formula down pat with "Ocean's Eleven" - ridiculously implausible action and pulp coincidences, snide and smarmy rock soundtrack (evoking a Guy Ritchie-ish ¨¦lan), smash-cuts and wobbling Steadicams, overlapping, smart-ass dialog, and A-List megastars glutting all 70 millimeters of the widescreen - director Steven Soderbergh now hurls "Ocean's Twelve" at us like an elitist Upper Class Molotov cocktail and hopes we don't run screaming into the sallow beigeness of our mundane, everyday lives. Filled as it is with man-toys (from Clooney's too-hip instigator, Danny Ocean, to Damon's stuttering novice, Linus, to Pitt's glib Tyler Durden franchise, here named Rusty Ryan) and toy women (the stunningly rapturous Catherine Zeta-Jones as Rusty's ex-sex, Detective Isabel, and the stunningly bland Julia Roberts playing Tess, Ocean's spouse), we find the camera righteously slewing all over creation trying to cram them all in, making for a movie so self-aware of its megastar cheese-wattage that it can't quite get over its own smugness.

    2004's "Ocean's Twelve" picks up where 2001's "Ocean's Eleven" left off. When we last saw them, Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his hand-picked gang of professional thieves had successfully heisted multi-million dollar fortunes from three Las Vegas casinos, then headed their separate ways to start life anew as upstanding members of their respective communities; however, they've since learned that the past has a way of catching up with a person no matter how much he may try to hide from it, when Tony Benedict (Andy Garcia), the Bellagio owner, still stewing over the money that was stolen from him three years earlier, shows up on Ocean's doorstep demanding restitution. He gives Ocean and his gang two weeks to come up with the $97 million they owe him or face the consequences. Thus, Danny gathers up the gang once again and heads off to Europe, hoping to lift a few priceless art pieces to stave off certain death (though it's never made entirely clear just how Benedict is proposing to carry out this rather grandiose threat). What Danny doesn't count on is that he will be going up against two worthy adversaries, one a detective (Zeta-Jones) and the other a rival thief (Vincent Cassel), who will give him more trouble than he ever bargained for.

    With the remake of "Ocean's Eleven", things seemed to move so quickly with such flair and style that substance didn't matter that much and it managed to pull off the trick and come across as fluffy fun. The sequel clearly tries to pull off the same trick but it cannot manage it and, although it has some fun moments, it ends up being pretty messy, lacking slick pace and failing to really please the audience in the way that its predecessor did. "Ocean's Twelve" is a disappointment for a whole host of reasons, most of them rooted in the format and structure of the film. For this second outing, writer George Nolfi and returning director Steven Soderbergh ("Out of Sight") have come up with a ha'penny storyline that lacks the intricacy and elegance of the tale in "Ocean's Eleven." Not only does this caper seem haphazardly planned from beginning to end, but the resolution of it falls miserably flat, providing neither the amazement nor the amusement we expect to find in these kinds of stories. Perhaps the idea of stealing a priceless Faberge Egg just doesn't rank up there in either chutzpah or style with knocking over a whole Las Vegas casino, and so the enterprise is more or less doomed to failure from the start. Or perhaps the filmmakers simply failed to find enough for all these characters to do while they're roaming the streets of Amsterdam, Paris and Rome on what appears to be little more than an extended European vacation for some talented but woefully underused actors. In this type of film, plotting is everything, and the sad truth is that the plotting in "Ocean's Twelve" is pretty damn awful any way you slice it, whether its eleven or twelve pieces....more info
  • Not Satisfied
    I really loved Ocean's Eleven. While the first film did star Clooney, every cast member had a chance to shine. In this film, the movie seems to gawk at the A list celebs and use the talented rest of the cast as props. The story is a poorer redo of the first movie's heist. The cast seems to be having lots of fun, and they are of course charming, but it is not up to the first film. The freshness is gone, and the ending of the second film is not nearly as satisfying. I would rent this one before you bought....more info
  • Twelve Is the New Eleven? Not Hardly
    I saw Ocean's Eleven, reluctantly, and fell in love. It opened the door for me to be able to tolerate George Clooney and Brad Pitt (although 12 Monkeys and Fight Club continue to be his best work). That being said, Twelve was NOT Eleven.

    This does not make it bad, just different. The difference though being a rather large one. Instead of one tremendously clever caper, we have three blase ones with alot of down time in between. And herein is where I think alot of people torched this film. They wanted to see the exact same genius of the first script and instead got Ocean and crew palling around Europe. This film is by no means a mind buster, but it IS an enjoyable film with some rather entertaining times and the same type of story one would expect the writers to come up with for this crew.

    All in all, not the best one out of the group, but I challenge anyone who bashed this film for not being as good as the first one to give me a series of films that consistently IMPROVED upon itself. There have been A LOT of letdown sequels out there, I would not go so far as saying this one was a letdown. Eleven was 5 stars........this one is four, for simply being a fun film as long as you can sit back and not start making Ocean's Eleven comparisons. Sure it bears the namesake, but it is NOT the same film. And honestly, it does a great job showing just how clever Terry Benedict can be as the villain. One of Andy Garcia's best roles, albeit short lived.

    I got to apologize for reviewing the film itself instead of the product, but I honestly felt this was being unfairly represented by alot of the reviews. Hope this helps give some counterpoint. And FYI, the disk is great I simply wish it had a little more meat. Not alot in the way of extras...more info
  • Talk about sloppy seconds...
    The thing is, I should have known this was going to happen, and in a way I did. I mean, I've been vocal about not getting into `Ocean's Eleven' and I just had this horrible feeling that this movie was going to be just as bad. I never imagined that it would be worse, but `just as bad', yes.

    The whole concept behind the original film was taking a bunch of highly recognizable stars and throw them into a fast paced (albeit brainless) caper of a film where they got to be funny (sort of) and interact on a very personal level with one another, hopefully to engage the audience and make a lot of money. The problem was that not one of the actors could live up to their own hype. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts...all actors who are genuinely charming and interesting and engaging, yet together at this magnitude they were lukewarm at best. The problem with `Ocean's Twelve' is that they repeat the same ineffective formula, adding only layers of confusion and stupidity to spice things up.

    I can't even really begin to explain to you what they are trying to pull off here, but I'll attempt it. The gang is all back, except this time they are stealing money to save their lives since Terry Benedict (the guy they robbed in the first film) has found them all and tells them if they don't pay back what they stole with interest then they are dead men. They flee to Amsterdam to try their hand and getting back the money but there is a thief called the Nightfox who is one step ahead of them the entire way. Seems that he sit he one who tipped off Benedict as to their whereabouts because he felt threatened by Ocean's success and wanted to prove once and for all that he was the better thief.

    Add to the mix Rusty's (that's Pitt) former flame Isabel Lahiri, who has an agenda all her own, and you have a slightly confusing, rather bland and boring answer to the mess they handed us in 2001.

    I really wanted this to be so much better than it was. I thought that maybe the spark they were missing in `Ocean's Eleven' would be found after these years went by and they might bring something fresh and exciting to the table, but this atrocity if far worse than the original. Clooney, Pitt, Roberts, Garcia, Zeta-Jones, Caan, Affleck, Cheadle (who fares better than anyone else) and especially Damon are all just boring. There is no natural charm in these actors.

    Honestly, aside from one hilarious scene where Tess pretends to be Julia Roberts in order to complete a heist and is accosted by Bruce Willis, the film almost put me to sleep. That one scene saved the film a bit.

    I have yet to attempt the third film (it's been sitting on my DVR for months now) but I will soon. I'm not looking forward to it, but I would feel incomplete if I didn't at least give it a try. I want to give this movie an F because I was so furious with its lack of real effort, but I'm going to settle for a D, maybe D-. The film is dreadful in scenes, but Roberts elevates the whole film with three minutes of pure unadulterated charisma, and for that I am grateful....more info