Once again in the name of fangirling I’m watching another one of Jeremy Renner’s earlier films. Although I must say the trailer was kind of funny, in that low budget, bordering on stupid way. But still It couldn’t be worse than Monkey Love, right?
Fish in a Barrel is about the gang that couldn’t get anything right. And that is putting it nicely. From the beginning you know this is going to be messed up. We start with a robbery, where one guy is trying to spray paint over a security camera but is too short, only covering part of the lens long after it’s filmed most of members. This is par for the course. After somehow successfully committing the robbery, stealing four million dollars in diamonds, they head back to their hideout to figure out what to do next. Which isn’t as simple as planned because someone shot a cop. What follows is this stupid, surreal, standoff between all six thieves over how to distribute and get rid of the loot.
This movie is funny if you go into it with the right frame of mind. First, don’t expect great acting. Second, expect juvenile humor. Third, expect gratuitous violence, well maybe not gratuitous because there isn’t enough budget for that, so let’s call it messy. Fourth don’t be too hard on yourself if you actually laugh.
Fish in a Barrel will either be your guilty pleasure or on your list of worst movies ever. For me it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure, but I have to admit if it wasn’t for Renner I wouldn’t have watched as far into as I did for it to get funny. The ending though, left me flat. It’s almost as if they are trying to be a decent movie at the end and well, it was way too late for that.