Two con artists with differing methods settle their rivalry by
betting on who can swindle a young heiress out of $50,000 first.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Directed by Frank Oz
Written by Dale Launer, Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning
Starring Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly,
Anton Rodgers, Barbara Harris, Ian McDiarmid
Remake of 1964's Bedtime Story
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a hilarious movie that showcases the incomparable screen presence of Michael Caine and the side-splitting comedic antics of Steve Martin. The amount of cons that are pulled in this film are staggering, but all of them are played out so brilliantly that by the end, you'll find yourself shaking your head in disbelief almost as if it was you yourself who was conned.
The chemistry between Caine and Martin is what makes this film so entertaining. Their bitter rivalry is believable and it is really funny to see them try to outwit one another. The long con in the film's third act is superbly done, with both men pulling out all the stops to secure fifty grand from young naive Janet Colgate (Glenne Headly), the outcome of which is positively hilarious.
I adored this comedy, as it is a great performance piece for Michael Caine and Steve Martin and shows the highs and lows of being a con artist. You get to see both actors play a wide variety of colorful characters in order to lure in the big fish, from the prince of a fictional country to a mentally impaired dinner guest. Overall, it's a very enjoyable movie.