A Simple Plan

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Right after Hank Mitchell (Bill Paxton), his older brother Jacob (BillyBob Thornton) and Jacob's best friend Lou (Brent Briscoe) discover a crashed plane and a bag full of cash, they sit there in the snow and debate what to do with it. Jacob and Lou want to keep it, Hank wants to turn it into the police.

A few details don't work in this film. Hank is an educated guy, but for some reason, he's sitting in the snow with two inbred morons who, just prior to that, were peeing their names into that very snow. Faster than you can say "yee-haw," Hank is agreeing to hide the money and split it up in the spring, after the authorities find the plane. It's also a wee bit hard to swallow when this seemingly normal guy turns into a murderer in about five minutes of screen time.

What's even more difficult to handle is Hank's wife, Sarah (Bridget Fonda), who's pregnant and starts ordering Hank around like she's Marlon Brando in "The Godfather." One second she's sweet little Mommy-to-Be; the next, she's explaining to her husband how she can gut Lou like a salmon and make a goulash out of his intestines.

Okay, so maybe a plane can crash-land near a small community without anybody seeing or hearing it, but just how do all the neighbors start slaughtering each other without anybody suspecting that something might be amiss? The simple reason why this simple movie is set in rural America is because it's not the plan that's simple, but the people. When Ma and Pa Kettle put down their banjos long enough to blow each other away with shotguns, their "Hee Haw"-watching brethren figure that's just democracy at work.

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