Release Date: 2013
The Coen brothers are back writing in screwball comedy mode with this Michael Hoffman-directed caper -- which is fairly problematic, since their last few tries at screwball comedy (Burn After Reading, The Ladykillers, Intolerable Cruelty) have been strangely hollow. From the looks of this trailer, Gambit might not reverse the trend. Colin Firth plays a nebbishy drone who teams up with a hastily drawn cowgirl (Cameron Diaz) to trick his boss (Alan Rickman) out of a lot of money. The right actors are in place, but the "outrageous" moments of this trailer, like Rickman's desk nudity and Firth's pants-less high-wire act, are leagues below the Coens' Lebowski heyday. For Firth, Gambit could be a nice change of pace if the story is tighter than it looks here.