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Amos and Andrew Review

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A local sheriff organises a stand-off when he sees a black man trying to rob someone's home. Sadly for the sheriff, it is merely Andrew (Jackson), the new resident a famous playwright, so to avoid a public disgrace, the sheriff makes a deal with a small time crook, Amos (Cage) to pretend to take Jackson hostage.

★★★★★

Rich black playwright Samuel L. Jackson is trying to install a stereo in his new summer house in an exclusive community when he is glimpsed by the neighbours and reported to the cops. Dumb Sheriff Dabney Coleman opens fire before he realises who Jackson is, and is forced to offer a deal to petty crook Nicolas Cage whereby he will pose as a kidnapper and justify all the heavy-handed violence. But once Cage and Jackson meet, the two become paranoid that the sheriff will do away with both of them to ‘erase’ the evidence. A middling comedy, with okay performances.

Two actors have wasted their considerable talents on this hapless comedy. With a flawed plot and far too few jokes, it's understandable why this isn't a particularly memorable film and just as well it's disappeared without trace.