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What’s The Worst That Could Happen?

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

99

Cast

Martin Lawrence

Danny DeVito

Studio

2001 MGM

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Overall D-
ViolenceC+
SexD-
LanguageD-
Drugs/AlcoholC+
Run Time99

Making the Grades

What's The Worst That Could Happen? - Official site Kevin Caffery (Martin Lawrence) has a nasty habit of picking up things that don't belong to him and passing them on for a tidy profit. But this high-end art thief has the tables turned on him when billionaire Max Fairbanks (Danny DeVito) steals his lucky ring during a botched burglary at Fairbanks' beach house. So begins an all-out war between the housebreaker and the malicious tycoon.

What's The Worst That Could Happen? - Official site Considering the businessman's lengthy list of legal infractions, bankruptcy, and an ever-growing inventory of cast off mistresses, this trinket hardly seems worth the trouble Fairbanks goes through to protect it from the ripped-off robber. But he sees it as a fortuitous sign that his luck's about to change without suffering any consequences for his past felonies. Caffery, on the other hand, will have a lot of explaining to do especially to the girl (Carmen Ejogo) who gave him the ring. This criminal coup has him hopping mad and he's ready to trade tit-for-tat until he gets his ring off the fat little pinkie finger of the cigar puffing billionaire.

What's The Worst That Could Happen? - Official site Although this story looks for humor in the ludicrous antics of these battling antagonists, their questionable ethics leave little to applaud in either character. They are both connoisseur racketeers who'll stoop as low as they need to for a little profit. Unfortunately their criminal capers are carried out while uttering endless profanities and trading sexual banter with other characters in the film. Parents may also be concerned with the blatant larceny that is portrayed as comedic entertainment, some barely clad women and at least one character with uncertain sexual preferences.

Even the handful of comedic zingers can't save this film from the childish actions of Caffery and Fairbanks. What's The Worst That Could Happen? is a prime example of what can go wrong when Hollywood tries to make a hero out of a common crook.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about What’s The Worst That Could Happen?.

Movie directors often take simple facts or items and manipulate them to fit the story. Both Lutetia and Amber wear the same red jacket even though they are different sized women. What other details can you find in this movie or others that aren’t realistic?

Do some actors play similar roles in different movies? Is it possible to judge the content of a film by its actors?

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
14A Coarse and Suggestive Language
AB 14A
MB Not Rated Coarse Language-----
ON Not Rated Coarse Language
QC G
NB
NS
NL
PE
14A

Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A

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