Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, and Kristen Wiig team up to rob an armored car company of 17 million dollars in the new movie from Jared Hess — “Masterminds.” And it’s all based on a true story. It was called the “Hillbilly Heist.” The 1997 Loomis Fargo bank robbery goes down as one of the biggest cash-robberies of all time, and it wasn’t a bunch of brainiacs who pulled it off.
The true crime comedy spin on this story stars Galifianakis as vault supervisor David Scott Ghant — whose infatuation with a former co-worker Kelly Campbell, played by Kristen Wiig, lands him in the middle of plans to pull off the improbable heist. Owen Wilson is Campbell’s friend Steve Chambers who draws up the blueprint for the robbery and sends Ghant to Mexico to stay off the grid and await his share of the 17 million dollars.
Saturday Night Live mastermind Lorne Michaels is an executive producer and Wiig isn’t the only SNL alum or cast member who makes an appearance. Jason Sudeikis steals the show as a lunatic hit man, Leslie Jones get a small turn as an FBI agent and Kate McKinnon stars as David Ghant’s loopy fiancé. Director Hess (“Napoleon Dynamite”) gives his movie a nice vintage look and vibe and his trademark awkwardly infused characters are on full display. It’s offbeat and quirky enough, but just not funny enough. With a cast that jam packed with comedic talent, you’d expect more laughs. But the funniest joke in the whole movie is probably the final line and scene in “Masterminds” followed by a hilarious blooper reel. I wish they wouldn’t have saved the best for last.