Best Laid Plans

May 14th, 1999

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Best Laid Plans

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A seemingly simple plan to steal money goes increasingly awry.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 6.2/10 (4,295 voted)

Critic's Score: 40/100

Director: Mike Barker

Stars: Alessandro Nivola, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin

Nick is caught in a dead end job in a dead end town. About the only thing going well for him is Lissa, his new girlfriend. A chance to make some easy cash, and a way out of town, only leads to more trouble. Also caught in the web of sex, thefts, gangsters, kidnappings and murder is Nick's college friend, Bryce.

Alessandro Nivola - Nick
Reese Witherspoon - Lissa
Josh Brolin - Bryce
Gene Wolande - Lawyer
Jonathan McMurtry - Vet
Terrance Sweeney - Priest (as Father Terrance Sweeney)
Rebecca Klingler - Diner Waitress
Rocky Carroll - Bad Ass Dude
Kate Hendrickson - Bar Waitress
Owen Bush - Vagrant
Jesse Woodrow - Roach Coach Clerk
James Marsh - Barry (as Jamie Marsh)
Michael McCleery - Recycling Owner
Terrence Howard - Jimmy (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
Sean Nepita - Freddie

Taglines: Ever feel like the world is conspiring against you... You don't have to tell me where you've been... Everyone sucks, but us... keeping a relationship alive can be murder.

Release Date: 14 May 1999

Filming Locations: Bakersfield, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £259,221 (UK) (16 May 1999) (200 Screens)

Gross: $25,651 (USA) (19 September 1999)

Technical Specs


Nick: I love you.
Lissa: Why do you think I'm doing this?

User Review

A smart, entertaining movie

Rating: 8/10

This was a pleasant surprise. I really didn't know what to expect, but what I got was a very intelligent movie with more than enough twists and turns to keep things rather unpredictable. It took a little too long to get everything set up properly, and it perhaps had one twist too many, but overall, it was a great film with strong performances by Alessandro Nivola and Reese Witherspoon. Definitely worth checking out.

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