Masterminds: A story with a pleasant surprise!


Release date:September 30, 2016

Studio:Relativity Media

Director:Jared Hess

MPAA Rating:PG-13 (for crude and sexual humor, some language and violence)

Screenwriters:Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer, Emily Spivey

Starring:Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Ken Marino, Jason Sudeikis, Devin Ratray, Jon Daly, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones

Genre:Comedy, Action

[divider]Masterminds is indeed a story with a pleasant surprise. That pleasant surprise being that it is not the usual bit of hour-and-a-half potty humor that I come to expect from this particular group of actors.

To start off we are introduced to the two main characters, Kelly and David (Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis), almost immediately and their relationship is established fairly quickly. David is engaged, but have developed feelings for his co-worker Kelly. This is where we start to see his things are going to get out of hand.

We see that Steve’s character joined the armored car service with the sole purpose of helping to bring some excitement into his life unfortunately he is really disappointed in that all he does is deliver the money day in and day out, not very exciting. It is only after Kelly gets fired when things start to pick up. Kelly moves in with Owen Wilson’s character Steve, who comes up with the idea of robbing the armored car company.

Knowing that David had developed feelings for Kelly, Steve uses her as bait in order to set up David as the fall guy in this caper promising him that he, Steve, will take care of him.

The fun really begins after the heist, (although the heist itself is quite hilarious)! This is where David is convinced to flee the country while Steve sits in the money until things cool off and they can bring David back. Unfortunately for David greed gets the better of Steve and he, with heavy prodding from his wife, goes on a MASSIVE spending spree and really starts living it up! This leaves David in a lurch due to the fact that they didn’t leave him with a lot of cash and he starts to quickly run out of said cash. He is also waiting for Kelly to show up, as she had promised.

Steve feeling desperate, due to the constant calls from David as well as Kelly feeling bad for David, hires an assassin to take care off the problem. Now this being a comedy you have to know that there are going to be some hiccups with this plan and between Interpol being called, the assassin, Kelly’s feelings, David’s feeling, Steve’s wild spending spree and a number off other factors (including a couple of semi- bumbling Feds), the story ends up as wonderfully silly as a Benny Hill end credit chase.

I was pleasantly surprised by this film, as I mentioned earlier. I definitely recommend it!