#711 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

Totally surprising chemistry between Steve Martin and Michael Caine provides a great amount of laughs in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a tale of two money-swindling riviera playboys set on a war path.

This is one of those 80s comedies that leaves very little room for improvement. The setup is original, the pacing feels just right and the plot itself bears a strong resemble to its two protagonists, always hiding an extra ace up its sleeve. Although Martin’s and Caine’s performances are impeccable, a two man show this isn’t: The two male actors are perfectly complimented by Glenne Headly who gives the two veteran actors a run for their money.

For whatever reason, we humans are drawn towards lovable rapscallions, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels provides two of them – best in the business – for the price of just one.

Almost sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?

80s-o-meter: 88%

Total: 96%