Defining dialogue: "Who looks stupid now?" Like "Cruelty," this was another job-for-hire, written for pal Barry Sonnenfeld to direct. Again, the subject is greed, and again, those who commit the crime aren't the sharpest tools in the shed. Need more of a through line? The Coens used the "Who's stupid now?" line in "Blood Simple," borrowing it from the original 1955 "Ladykillers." "The criminals in our movies are usually knuckleheads," Joel says. "Their crimes are serious but the characters are kind of amusing. That lets us look at their sins in an amusing way. Amusing to us, at least."
Melinda Sue Gordon