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Art curator Harry Dean`s plan to steal a painting from one of the world`s richest men, who is incidentally, also his boss, is missing one final component - the participation of a beautiful woman to act as his gambit. In Nicole, he meets someone who appears to be the perfect candidate, but Harry himself becomes enraptured with her, causing his plan to take a series of wrong turns.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG13
Release Date: 21 Mar 2013
Genre: Comedy / Crime
Running Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Cast: Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman, Tom Courtenay, Stanley Tucci
Director: Michael Hoffman
Format: 35MM


Writer: Lorraine Tan

Writer Ratings:

Watch this if you liked: “The Hangover” and “Ocean’s Eleven”

This remake of the 1960's film, after being delayed for several years with not many takers willing to commit, has finally seen the light, but it is clear why no one thought it would be a success.

"Gambit", starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz, is a light-hearted comedy about a British art curator Harry Deane (Firth) who struggles with dignity issues caused by his boss's abusive attitude, and decides to seek revenge by conning him into buying a fake "Monet" painting. With the help of The Major (Tom Rickman), a professional forger, and PJ Puznowski (Diaz), this quirky team tries their very best to make their plan a successful one.

Firth, who was also the lead for award-winning films such as "Mamma Mia!" and "The King's Speech", takes on the role of a British art expert who was constantly abused by his egoistic boss, Lord Lionel Shabandar (Alan Rickman). Firth did not have it easy during the filming process. Some of the daring scenes include coming face-to-face with a full grown lion, separated with just some strategically placed wires and walking around one of London's most famous hotel, the Savoy, in a smart suit, sans pants. Deane's journey to redeem his manhood his one that most of us can relate with, but the execution is so poorly done that we couldn't give two hoots.

Diaz plays an eccentric cowgirl who is fascinated with city life who becomes Firth's partner-in-crime. Here, the "Charlie's Angels" star delivers her lines with a heavy Texas accent and signature goofy nature. It was entertaining every time Ms. Puznoski pops up on screen and blurred out a random, unpredictable line, which almost without fail, gets the entire theatre laughing.

However, Diaz's slapstick jokes are the only plus for the show, as despite big names, it fails to live up to expectations due to a poorly written story plot and cheesy lines. Even so, the humorous scenes are hardly sufficient to make it into a decent comedy film.

Only watch "Gambit" if you are a fan of the actors, or are just bored out of your mind for a light-hearted show to spend the time away. Art geeks and historians will have a great time looking at the famous paintings; look out for a famous painting being "re-created" by the Major.

Cinema Online, 18 March 2013
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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