Plunkett and Macleane
|Writers:||Robert Wade, Neal Purvis, and Charles McKeown|
|USA Films/Gramercy Pictures; 102 minutes; R|
|Cast:||Jonny Miller, Robert Carlyle, Liv Tyler|
Loud, flamboyant, and leering, Plunkett and Macleane is a period piece (sort-of) that could only be made in the nineties. Trainspotting buddies Robert Carlyle and Jonny Miller play high-society scoundrels (and infamous real-life heroes) for whom the movie is named. Here, “historical accuracy” means that 18th-century London is portrayed as a foul-smelling, poorly sanitized mess where foppish dandies party with shrewish ladies with pre-Wildean, pre-disco debauchery. It also means the soundtrack is pounding techno-pop.
Plunkett and Macleane use cavalier style and wit to unburden the aristocracy of their riches. Along the way, Macleane meets Lady Rebecca (Liv Tyler), and a torrid romance ensues. Very heavy on MTV stylization and scatological glee, Plunkett and Macleane is fast-food entertainment: fast, furious, and fun, but probably not too healthy.