Gambit

[12a]

United States 2012, 89 mins
Director: Michael Hoffman
Starring: Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci

The plot possibilities within the art world have long fascinated filmmakers. Like John McTiernan’s 1999 version of THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, this witty heist movie is a remake: this time it’s of a 1966 film starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine, rewritten by the Coen brothers and directed by Michael Hoffman (THE LAST STATION).

Colin Firth is the embittered art curator Harry Dean, who intends to hoodwink his caustic, obscenely rich boss (Alan Rickman) into buying a phony Monet, and employs a raucous Texan cowgirl (Cameron Diaz) to help soften him up.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Dean’s plans soon go awry – he falls for the girl himself, and the fakery proves less than convincing. Along the way GAMBIT treats us to some deliciously sharp humour, and sparkling turns from Stanley Tucci, Tom Courtenay and Cloris Leachman.