Taylor Hackford (at right) -- from An Officer and a Gentleman to Ray -- is no slouch when it comes to glossy entertainment, and the screenplay by John J. McLaughlin (from the novel by Donald E. Westlake) is better-than-average, with a plot that tosses us into the middle of things, backtracks so we get our bearings, and then rumbles along smartly toward the inevitable. And there is also a lot of good, crisp, pointed dialog that whisks that plot forward while providing some occasionally succulent repartee.
This takes place between everyone from Statham (below right, with Lopez),
Nick Nolte (below, right) as Statham's soon-to-be father-in-law and Patti Lupone, as Lopez's funny, surly mom.
Wendell Pierce, Michael Chiklis, Micah A. Hauptman and Clifton Collins, Jr. do a bang-up job of being so juicily bad that you don't care a fig what happens to them.
The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan and Monster-in-Law, I'd be yelling, "When can we see this woman in something else?" Maybe it's the difference in directors, but, boy, there is a difference in the level of her performance here!