"The crying on the inside kind, I guess."
Criminally underrated upon release, and it still is for that matter, Quick Change on it's surface may seem like any other "Comedy of disasters" with little new to offer the viewer, but I actually found the whole film to be filled with enough ingenuity and surprises to keep me entertained.
The movie begins with Grimm (Bill Murray), dressed as a clown, on a subway. In New York City this is probably not that out of the ordinary. I mean, there's mimes in Central Park, why not clowns on the subway? Anyway, he makes his way to a rather large bank, and proceeds to rob it. At first, the people don't think he's serious, but as soon as he fires his gun, they know it's really happening.
Grimm is really nice to his hostages. He even makes sure one of his hostages gets a receipt for his deposit so that his money is insured against the robbery that's going on. ("Anyone else need receipts? Last call for receipts.") He locks everyone in the vault when the police shows up, and yanks them along making silly demands (among them a Harley motorcylce and a Monster Truck) while he further plans his escape, which is planned out so well, it's fun to watch it fully play out.
Of course, part of the plan is for him to change out of his clown disguise and leave with one of the other hostages, Phyllis, played by Geena Davis. They manage to get out, with the money, and get away from the cops undetected.
Along with thier third partner, Loomis (Randy Quaid), they struggle through one situation to another in trying to avoid the cops and get on the plane so they can get leave the country.
The movie lives up to it's title, it's pretty quick and moves briskly from one scene to another, but always remains rather amusing as you see our three hapless heroes manage to talk their way out of every situation they encounter. The movie is also raised a bar by the great sarcastic humor of both Bill Murray and Geena Davis.
I highly recommend this film.
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