0071: Trouble in Paradise (1932)

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Rating: 6/10

A conman, Gaston, and con-woman, Lily, get married and try to con a woman so rich during the Great Depression she spends $125,000 on a handbag, Madame Colet. If only she weren’t so gosh darn nice.

The movie has a few twists and turns I appreciate, starting from the beginning where it acts as if it’s just another romantic movie from the thirties until you realize that most of the characters are really lying about who they are. Then Lily robs Gaston as Gaston robs Lily, and they fall madly in love. And this is all in the first ten minutes.

It’s all fairly entertaining, until it isn’t really. First the guy falls in love with his mark, Colet, then starts cheating on his wife with her, and things just go a bit “Huh?” with the plot in the second half of the movie. It’s still interesting but it feels like the plot’s climax is really in the first part of the film and the actual ending just falls flat.

Why you should watch it before you die: It’s exciting and different, but outside of an interesting premise and some pretty entertaining scenes, it’s not anything I’d say go out of your way to watch.


+7: Entertaining, until it isn’t anymore

+1: Interesting twist at the beginning

-2: The writer ran out of ideas and it shows

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