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What's the Worst That Could Happen?

What's the Worst That Could Happen?

Martin Lawrence plays Kevin Caffrey, a burglar who targets corporate millionaire Max Fairbank's (Danny DeVito) Boston mansion.

Kevin and his partner, Berger (John Leguizamo) think that Max is out with his socialite wife (Nora Dunn), so they break into his estate.  While the two are downstairs grabbing priceless art objects as quickly as they can, they're unaware that Max is actually upstairs cuddling with a Playboy cutie.

Max catches Kevin in the act, and because he can't believe that a thief would have the nerve to steal from him, he retaliates by taking Kevin's ring right off his finger while the police have him in custody.  Since the ring was a gift from his hot new girlfriend, Kevin spends the rest of the film trying to get it back.

DeVito, who has played this type of obnoxious, loud-mouthed, low-class character before (Ruthless People and Twins come to mind), has some moments of humor.  However, Lawrence seems to take a back seat to Leguizamo, who has a few funny scenes, including one as an Arab translator.

But the actors aren't the problem with this comedy, it's the script that bogs it down.  The story runs in different directions and involves too many characters.  There's a sub-plot about Max's illegal business dealings, a Senate investigation, Max's tarot card reading assistant (Glenne Headly) who warns of impending doom, a foppish detective who thinks Max is involved in insurance fraud, not to mention, Kevin's obsession with retrieving his ring.

Director Sam Weisman (George of the Jungle) has so many actors to keep track of, they sometimes get lost in a scene.  SNL cast members Ana Gasteyer and Dunn are given thankless jobs of playing Leguizamo's girlfriend and DeVito's nagging wife.

I did laugh a couple of times, but the Boston setting got the best treatment here - the skyline looks beautiful!

What's the Worst That Could Happen?

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