Picks and Pans Review: Trapped in Paradise

updated 12/19/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey

Asweet-natured comedy about three brothers who rob a bank in Paradise, a small Pennsylvania town where all the residents are nice, this film has the makings of a good 10-minute sketch. Unfortunately it's 111 minutes long. Order the extra large popcorn. And a flashlight and a good book.

Playing the least criminally minded of the trio, Cage does a variation on his now familiar fast-burn-then-scream routine. As the most venal bro, Lovitz proves wearing because his character is too one-note. Carvey, playing the dimwit kleptomaniac brother, has little to do and tries to do too much with it. The movie's most ingratiating performer by far is whiskey-voiced Florence Stanley, who spews and cusses as the trio's mother. When her sons return from jail, she gets all teary, telling them, "I've missed all the creature comforts we used to have when you boys were home—VCRs, big TVs." (PG-13)

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