Steal Big Steal Little [1995]

As has become rapidly apparent over the course of his career, a little bit of Andy Garcia goes a long way. Though he can rise to good material, his taste generally is poor, as this lumpy comedy proves. More to the point, without good material, Garcia is revealed for what he is: a pretty-boy actor with only minimal talent and a slightly cross-eyed smile. So the idea of Garcia playing identical twins--one good, one evil--offers twice as much to despair of. The good twin is a social activist, who wants to utilize the sprawling ranch left to him by his late mother as a haven for oppressed migrant workers. The bad twin wants to steal the land and develop it with luxury condominiums. With four writers credited to Steal Big, Steal Little, it's no wonder the whole thing is a mishmash. Director Andrew Davis segued into this from The Fugitive (and the awful Chain Reaction) and showed that his action sense did him little good when trying to handle limp social-commentary comedy. Only Alan Arkin, old pro that he is, emerges unscathed. --Marshall Fine

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