Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman, Sara Foster, Charlie Sheen
Some movies, such as 2001's Ocean's Eleven, coast by on knockabout charm. They don't make a lot of sense and there isn't much at stake, but they are still loads of fun to watch. Not so The Big Bounce, a painfully meandering comedy based on an Elmore Leonard novel of the same name. (Ryan O'Neal and Leigh Taylor-Young, wed at the time, appeared in an equally undistinguished but sexier 1969 film version.)
Wilson is Jack Ryan, a drifter working as a hotel handyman in Hawaii. He hooks up with a rich man's spoiled mistress (Foster), who suggests they steal $200,000 from her sugar daddy's safe.
The preternaturally cool Wilson is amusing enough, but Foster, a tall, skeleton-thin model-TV hostess (ET on MTV) making her movie debut, is beyond abysmal. Watching her try to summon up an expression—any expression—is akin to seeing a hapless game-show contestant mentally flail for an answer before blurting out a laughably erroneous choice. (PG-13)