Directed by Jerry Zucker, starring Rowan Atkinson, John Cleese, Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jr, Seth Green, Jon Lovitz, Breckin Meyer, Amy Smart and Vince Vieluf.
Losers (Atkinson, Gooding), bright sparks (Meyer, Smart) and bottom feeders (Green, Vieluf) are offered the chance by Vegas hotel supremo Donald Sinclair (Cleese) to win $2 million. But not in his casinos - Sinclair has put the money in a train station locker in New Mexico and the contestants must race each other to the stash. Every player has a key to the door and is allowed to use whatever means necessary to get to it first. But what they don't know is that back in Vegas Sinclair and his high rolling buddies are betting on their every move.
If the plot sounds a little familiar maybe you've seen the 1963 film 'It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World' where the cream of Hollywood did unspeakable things to each other in a quest for buried booty. Zucker may have reheated the idea and come up with some good ones of his own, but the end results are disappointing for a man whose CV includes both 'Airplanes' and 'Top Secret'. It's funny but not consistently so and finding the belly laughs in some sequences is like searching for hidden treasure. For every cow trapped in an air balloon or encounter with a busload of Lucille Ball obsessives, there are gags that you could see on telly any night of the week.
The problem with assembling a cast of comedians is that someone's going to get great set pieces while others will end up with bad lines. The major victim here is Atkinson, whose character, an Italian version of Mr Bean, is annoying enough to make you hurl your seat (or dinner) at the screen after 15 minutes. Goldberg suffers too with her subplot lacking the over-the-top hilarity of Green and Vieluf's or the cover-your-eyes humiliation of Gooding's. Watching, you'll think that Zucker could've made a better film with just Gooding and the other two - they make the film, the rest just make up the numbers.
Some great moments, but with the talent on offer, this film should have broken ribs.