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½ April 14, 2017
Has some minor laughs but how could such a talented filmmaker as Louis Malle make a film as unoriginal and tasteless as this? Rating mostly for the talent involved.
½ July 7, 2016
Average movie about a bunch of bumbling robbers. Pretty boring with some useless characters. Jack Warden is the boss of a pawn shop and very shrewd. Donald Sutherland is a jobless man occasionally hire as watchman for the shop. He got a friend Wallace Shawn who basically just likes to eat. Donald is also seeing horny ticket maid Christine Baranski. Larry Riley is another jobless lousy pimp who has to take care his toddler son after the whore wife abandon them. Sean Penn and illegal immigrant Trinidad Silva are small thieves as well. Jack want Sean to install alarm system in his shop in exchange he can buy back his pawned guitar. Trinidad tell him to rig the system so they can rob it. Larry overheard their plan and tell Donald who is sick of been broke and poor, decide to rob the shop as well. He group them all together to plan the heist. Larry befriend a maid Charlayne Woodard who work in a unit at the apartment beside. He is there to recce. Jack bring a salmon to celebrate his mum's 90th birthday. After he lock the door, the heist began and plenty of problems ensures. Causes Donald plan to be behind schedule by several hours. Finally they drill hole in the unit and get down to the store. They were about to blow up the safe when Jack return. His mum passed away. A cat play with the switch and activate the bomb, blowing up the safe. The alarm ring and 2 cops arrive. Jack tell them they are his friends and the robbers are gone. He tell Donald the robbers are dumb to rob the safe because it is empty and unlocked, only for show. But they were there to grieve with him as friends and Jack just treat nothing happened.
April 8, 2016
It's not good, which is sad to see since there are quite a few well-established actors in front of the camera and a powerhouse director behind it. Crackers tries to be one of these heist comedies, like a smaller scale Ocean's 11, but lacks any sense of wit or style and ends up being just bland and boring.
April 13, 2015
The lull in Penn's career begins here.
½ February 1, 2014
not bad but very random and weird.. at times you just turn your head and say whaaa for some parts but seeing wallace shawn this quiet in film is pretty weird itself
½ March 23, 2012
Mediocre production about a group of people conspiring to break in to a safe which happens to belong to a friend of theirs. In a couple of weeks i have forgotten all about this film.
½ August 16, 2011
I don't make deals with leeches

A group of friends down on their luck in San Francisco decide to plot on one of their friends that owns a pawn shop. The pawn shop owner has ripped them all off at one time or another and the friends think a robbery will set them for life and give their friend what he deserves. In the end, the robbery may be more of a pain in the ass than they anticipated.

"Jesus, Ramon, you're pimping family now?"

Louis Malle, director of Black Moon; Atlantic City; Lacombe Lucian; Elevator to the Gallows; Murmur of the Heart; and A Very Private Affair delivers Crackers. The storyline for this picture is fairly straightforward and has minimal misdirection or creativity. The cast is splendid but a bit underutilized with the 91 minute run time. The cast includes Donald Sutherland, Sean Penn, Jack Warden, Christine Baranski, Wallace Shawn, and Anna Maria Horsford.

"What's wrong with my plan?"
"Your plan sucks and my plan takes us to Hawaii."

I came across Crackers while looking for old Donald Sutherland pictures to DVR. This film definitely has a strong 80s feel and tries to deliver a worthwhile comedic caper plot; unfortunately, the film concludes in an unfulfilling manner despite its good hearted ending. Overall, this movie is a disappointment and may not be worth your time unless you're looking to see Sean Penn in his youth.

"Black Mexicans wearing ski masks."

Grade: C
September 19, 2009
Another Sean Penn dud. D
September 3, 2008
Directed by: Louis Malle. WTF?
½ November 16, 2007
Eh...pretty good. Very lightweight comedy, saved by a great cast of weirdos and the subtle timing of Louis Malle. Other high points for me included the approximately six minute appearance of the EXTREMELY beautiful Tasia Valenza, who you may remember from "Rappin'". Although you probably don't. Which is good.
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