Directed by Mel Smith, starring Minnie Driver and Frances McCormack
Driver and McCormack are the put upon nurse Shannon and unemployable actress Frances who swap their day jobs for heist hi-jinks in Smith's follow-up to the mega grossing 'Bean'.
In a truly bizarre plot involving wayward boyfriends, phone scanners and bright-as-a-five-watt-bulb criminals, the duo stumble upon a multi-million pound robbery after a tequila-tastic night on the tiles and then set about looking for their share of the score. But blackmail proves a little more perilous than taking blood pressure and doing voiceovers for animated tomatoes and as the body count rises, the ladies wonder – slowly - if they are in over their heads.
The days when Driver starred as the perfect foil for John Cusack in 'Grosse Pointe Blank' and earned an Oscar nomination for 'Good Will Hunting' seem a long way off, but 'High Heels and Low Lifes' should see her reclaim some much needed screen clout after a string of duds. It's no gem, but both she and McCormack are great as the knockaround gals whose talent for the wrong place at the right time finds them dodging crooks and coppers in between deciding which top goes with which pair of shoes.
What lets them down is a poor, gag-light first half, where scriptwriter Kim Fuller seems content to build the story with the result that – like the ladies – you find yourself waiting for a payoff that never quite arrives. It's difficult to fathom given Smith's comic pedigree and while the final half hour is well worth sticking around for you can't help feel that the director settled for smirks when he could've had bellylaughs.
Enjoyable in a "nothing else to do on a Tuesday evening" kind of way but 'High Heels and Low Lifes' proves that Driver can do mainstream comedy no problem. All she needs now is a better script.