A Look at the Movies

Rated R

1 hour 35 minutes

Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – If some of Hollywood’s funniest actors could guarantee a successful comedy every time out, “Masterminds” would have us rolling in the aisle, instead of squirming our seat.

Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis struggle in vain to save this witless misfire about an armored car driver who gets greedy. “Masterminds” was actually based on the exploits of a less than masterful armored car robbery. But the actual larceny was convincing ticket buyers they’ve been entertained by this lame excuse for a comedy.

The plot thickens when con man Owen Wilson enters the picture trying to cut himself in for a piece of the action. He appeals to numskull driver’s vanity telling him, “he’s trusted enough to carry a key to the vault”.

What the writers of “Masterminds” obviously forgot was that the key to comedy is to keep the audience laughing, which it fails to do most of the time. Apparently “Masterminds”  just doesn’t have the smarts and certainly not the script to keep us entertained beyond some scattered snickers.

And not even the usually reliable Jason Sudeikis can do much with the pitiful role of an eccentric hired killer. If you’ve made plans to see “Masterminds, change those plans quickly. The movie is a dud that gets exactly what it deserves with 1 star.

The only real mastermind is the guy who can turn this trash into a profit.