I don’t know quite why I never heard of the movie Masterminds until quite recently. Its stars Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, and Jason Sudeikis and all of them are pretty well-known and talented actors. The plot of the movie is based on a real event that happened in October 1997 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Even though the movie’s budget was small, it wasn’t really a success at the box office. Critics and regular folks seemed to be rather unimpressed as well. One thing I always hate is flat comedies, but did Masterminds surprise me or was it pretty much just like everyone else thought about it?
The film begins in the year 1997 where a charming yet dim-witted southerner named David Scott Ghantt is an armored truck security guard. Like a lot of rednecks in North Carolina, David Scott Ghantt is a blue-collar worker living in a trailer and romantically involved with a woman just on par with his social status. However his fiancee Jandice is not really the love of his life. David Scott Ghantt has his eyes on Kelly Campbell who is a pretty (yet kind of dumb) co-worker of his. Right as she breaks up with her boyfriend, she ends up getting herself fired on purpose but David asks for her number before she leaves.
Kelly Campbell is friends with Steve Chambers who is a low-life redneck known for living a life from his petty crimes. Steve Chambers would rather live in a mansion drinking champagne than in a deluxe trailer drinking low-grade beer. One day Steve Chambers sees a news story of a heist that was the biggest of its kind. This gives him an idea to pull off something just as notable. However he needs someone on the inside, and remembers Kelly worked there. When he realizes that David has a major crush on Kelly, David becomes a pawn. However if they are able to pull this stunt off, will they make it away free?
Overall I thought Masterminds was much better than I had expected. It’s nothing that funny, but I thought the humor was decent enough. While it’s based on history (and uses the real names of the people involved) you can tell which parts of the plot was made fictional from what really happened in reality. Now granted, this is not even close to be the best film for any of the actors here, but it was directed by Jared Hess who was behind the cult-film Napoleon Dynamite, but he obviously didn’t strike gold with this one.