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Neither Rickman, Nor Diaz, Nor Firth Can Keep Their Pants on in the Trailer for the Coens-Scripted Gambit

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 20, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 20, 2012 |

The one overriding thought one has when watching the trailer for Gambit, after regretting wanting to see Rickman without his pants on, is that it sounds unmistakably like a Coen Brothers movie. And it is! But it isn’t. It’s directed by Michael Hoffman, who also directed Soapdish and One Fine Day, but it was written by the Coen Brothers, although it’s also a remake of a 1966 Michael Caine/Shirley McClaine film.

It’s very quirky-heisty, and very Coen Brothers.

Gambit is about an art curator (Colin Firth) who decides to seek revenge on his abusive boss (Alan Rickman) by conning him into buying a fake Monet. However, his plan requires the help of an eccentric and unpredictable Texas rodeo queen (Diaz). I have no idea why Cameron Diaz keeps getting cast in movies that require of her a Southern accent, but that it’s laughably bad actually seems to work for Gambit.

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