Date: 26 September 2002 Summary: Nothing meaningful in this film, however it is somewhat funny with a few overly silly scenes.
Premise - ultra wealthy think up new ways to amuse themselves and satisfy
their gambling habit. Example, on takeoff the private jet is purposely flown
turbulently, everyone has placed a bet on which one will vomit first! At a
Vegas casino an ordinary group of 8 or 10 win slot machine tokens which
invite them to a special "opportunity." They are invited to a race to Silver
City, NM, each with a key that opens a locker at the train station. The
locker has a bag with $2Million in cash, first one there to unlock it gets
the money. Why? So the ultra wealthy can observe the race, get entertained,
and bet on the outcome.
Thus the fun, or lack of it, of the film. Each participant, or "team"
(reunited mother/daughter, two brothers, man and his helicopter pilot
girlfriend, man with wife and two kids) takes off in the race for the prize.
Mother/daughter get lost, ask directions, go off a cliff ("We should have
bought a squirrel.") Man steals bus driver clothes, drives bus full of
"Lucy" impersonators, wrecks. Helicopter pilot finds her boyfriend cheating
on her, chases him with 'copter. Hot air balloon that snags a cow and pulls
it along, inverted.
SPOILERS - The humor is definitely lowbrow, slapstick, often funny, many
times not. The big letdown, to the participants who just happen to all
arrive together by totally independent means, decide to share the loot but
it gets inadvertently donated to a charity concert they happen upon. And,
the big gamblers get embarrassed into putting up matching funds. Not a very
good film in sum of its parts, but still somewhat enjoyable. Hard to