Scorched (2003)

Alicia Silverstone, Rachael Leigh Cook, Woody Harrelson, John Cleese,
By chance 3 employees rob their bank the same weekend.
  • 5.9 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2018-09-07 Added:
  • Joe Wein, Max Wein, Writer:
  • Gavin Grazer, Director:
  • Al Corley, Eugene Musso, Bart Rosenblatt, Producer:
7 / 10

Surprisingly terrific!!

Sitting down with this, I was afraid to see what was going to appear on the screen. I had no real expectations of the film, and I had no idea what it was about, other than who was in it, and the cover looked like a good heist kind of movie. Wow. It was so much better than I ever would have imagined. Not only was it actually funny, and not just trying to be funny and then totally failed during the trial, but actually, truly funny.

The lines were well-written, the acting was all right on, and I thought everyone was perfect for the characters they'd been given except for one person, and that was Woody Harrelson. He was good, but I just don't consider him all that funny, and so it was kind of a bad choice, in my opinion anyway, to cast him in this role.

Alicia Silverstone was really good, surprisingly enough, and didn't carry any of her 'Clueless' days along with her for this role. John Cleese was just right for the role that he was given, David Krumholtz was annoyingly good (because that's what his character required), and drum roll please...the best person in the whole movie was, Paulo Castanzo. He was hilarious, as he always is, and very smart. He delivers his lines perfectly and without failure, always makes each and every one of his scenes priceless and memorable.

The basic plot of this film is that there are three employees of a bank in a small no-name town, who all want to rob the bank for different reasons. The movie starts off at the end, and works it's way backwards, so that you see what happens, in order for the rest of the film to make sense.

It was cleverly written, and very much over looked. Although we won't be seeing any Oscar nominations for this film, it still was noteworthy and definitely worth the rental fee. There is no sex, no violence, and no language as far as I remember, so the whole film would be appropriate for younger audience viewers.

I enjoyed it immensely and recommend it without question. It's rare that a movie like this comes along, that's quick and smart. Check it out, you won't be disappointed.

9 / 10

This was a super cool film.

I bought this film new for $2.98 because I had to spend money somehow...I thought it was going to be a poor, lame and dreary pain.

From the opening scene to the very end, I really enjoyed this.

The comedy timing was awesome and the cast was well chosen.

This is a very simple but funny story which is a real treat.

Not overly long on time, it makes up for in humor, and not sick or foul mouthed grade four humor...but natural laughter.

This tops anything with Jim Carrey or any of the American Pie movies or anything with Eddie Murphy, simply because it doesn't try to outdo itself.

It flowed very nice and the timing of it all matched up even though there was 1 flaw...and that was concerning a minor oversight.

For a movie made with a very small budget in terms of movie making, this comes to the top as far as I'm concerned.

And for Rachel Cook...yeah....oh baby...she is sweet in her natural beauty and wearing her super-hero getup in here is definitely not going to make my eyes sore...

Clever, sharp, witty and just awesome.

I'm very happy that I picked it up.

8 / 10

Fresh off-beat and very funny.

Devoid of any hype "Scorched", is one of those movies, which totally takes you by surprise, and I mean this in the best of ways. It reminded me of Nick Gomez's "Drowning Mona", because it is set in a small town, its fresh, off-beat, and very funny. While it may not be everybody's cup of tea, individuals with a liking for fresh comedy will probably lap it up, just like I did. The movie tells the tale of average people who are fed up with the problems of everyday life, and so decide to take their revenge by robbing the local bank, which happens to be their place of work. The movie is well written, and awesomely directed by Grazer. Even the casting works very well, by mixing established, semi-established and young and up-coming actors, which include John Cleese, Alicia Silverstone, Woody Harrelson, Rachael Leigh Cook, and Paulo Costanzo.

7 / 10

Yes it's funny

Given the cast, and after seeing other comments on IMDb, I chanced it on this one, and it was well worth my money. I frequently burst out laughing. Undoubtedly the funniest bits are the extremely varied ways in which Woody Harrelson's character messes up - occasionally predictable, but well acted slapstick at its best. John Cleese was middling, best at the end, while the opening sequence has a splendid running gag and a marvellous outbreak by Alicia Silverstone. Perhaps Rachael Leigh Cook's and Paulo Costanzo's talents are underused, and the actor who played George Sr. in Arrested Development makes only a guest appearance. I hope there will be more good writing like this from Joe Wein.

7 / 10

Not so bad

I picked this movie off the shelf at random and figured, the cast wasn't so bad (judging from the cover) and i had time to spare so why not. When i saw some of the cast not listed on the box i was even more impressed. Anyway, as the movie went on i enjoyed it more and more. I don't think I would ever buy it, maybe not even bother to watch it again, but i am glad i watched it. It was amusing and kept me entertained (something a movie should do). Sure the plot had been done before, and it wasn't super original. But as far as i was concerned it was a solid movie. No slow points, no terrible writing, no stupid special effects. It just wrapped itself up into a convenient little ball and... i got nothing.

Point is, if you are ever looking for a good movie that isn't heavy on the morals and you don't have to concentrate to hard to watch, this is the movie. A good laugh and not a waste of time.