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Where the Money Is

Director:Marek Kanievska
Writers:E. Max Frye, Topper Lilien, Carroll Cartwright
USA Films/Gramercy Pictures; PG-13; 89 minutes
Cast:Paul Newman, Linda Fiorentino, Dermot Mulroney

Sometimes you just need one star. Where the Money Is has an utterly unambitious, straight-to-video feel, but the inclusion of larger-than-life Paul Newman changes everything. For the last several years, far more folks have eaten his popcorn and poured on his salad dressing than seen his movies. Newman's lingering aura brings importance to this slight movie.

When we first encounter Mr. Newman, he's in a wheelchair, eyes heavy-lidded, seeming comatose. A stroke has transferred Henry (Newman) out of life imprisonment and into a nursing home. Linda Fiorentino plays the dissatisfied Oregon nurse who is convinced that this is an elaborate ruse, because Henry was once a feared bank robber. Cleverly getting Henry to respond starts their entertaining relationship. Think Bonnie and Clyde plus Carol's husband (Dermot Mulroney). Newman shrewdly plays off his old roles, and consistently delivers a casual competence whose understatement is the movie's strongest point.

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