Scorched really surprised me when I first saw it, since scorchedI was expecting a watered-down attempt of a comedy, but instead got a relatively well-written and directed heist comedy. While the characters were very likable, spurred on by great performances, main story is a bit wobbly. This is an off-beat comedy trying to do something a bit different, but within the same constraints of the genre, so it comes off as pretentiously “fresh”.  In some unknown town, three people decide to rob a bank at same time. Of course, none of them knows anything about the other planned robberies.

Script is well written and the actors did their jobs perfectly, especially Woody Harrelson and John Cleese. Granted this sort of thing has been done before, but they’re not going for that innovative or original vibes. This is one of those movies that is very relaxing and interesting to watch at the same time, and that effect is hard to get. There are no bigger things, moral dilemmas or anything else that might burden you. Your job is to look at the screen and be entertained. Additional bonus is the whole heist aspect that electrifies rather laid back atmosphere of this movie. Scorched does not exploit the usual things that you will find in this genre (sex, violence, nudity, crude language) making it something that can satisfy the widest possible audience. So next time you have to choose a movie for a family gathering or something like that, think about Scorched.

Director: Gavin Grazer

Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Rachael Leigh Cook, Woody Harrelson, John Cleese, Gavin Grazer

Fun Facts: The part of the “horned toad” shown near the beginning of the movie is actually played by an Australian Bearded Dragon. It is shown displaying its beard.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0286947/

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