Masterminds (2016)

Theatrical Release: September 30, 2016
Masterminds (2016)


A night guard at an armored car company in the southern U.S. organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history.

Dove Review

“Masterminds” is one of those movies that will have you laughing at some scenes but also wishing it wasn’t so raunchy. In one of the first scenes of the film, we get acquainted with David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis), who is shown driving a car with a wooden driver’s side door, which replaced one that was obviously damaged. From the get-go, the viewer knows that David is a bit odd. David is a guard for an armored car company and, strangely enough, this movie is based on a true story.

David likes a woman he works with, named Kelly (Kristen Wiig), who winds up getting fired from the job. Kelly thinks David is sweet and is nice to him, and he falls for her, despite the fact he is engaged. In fact, one of the comedic scenes features David and his fiancée taking engagement photos. Their poses are, at times, hilarious. Unfortunately, Kelly knows a schemer named Steven (Owen Wilson), and Steven comes up with the idea of motivating David, through his feelings for Kelly, to rob millions of dollars from a vault. David has the access, too. He nearly fumbles the entire plan (with some side-splitting moments), but he gets the money and is led to believe that Kelly will meet him in Mexico to live happily ever after with him. He winds up with $20,000 cash and expects more as he waits in Mexico for her. However, though Kelly isn’t going to meet him, she feels guilty for how she used David. Also, when Steven hires a hit man to kill David, Kelly does her best to warn him. Fortunately for them, and for some more laughs, their paths cross again.

Some of the other funny moments include David leaving the country with $20,000 stuffed in the back of his pants, giving him a rather large derrière as he makes his way through the airport. Another comedic moment features David putting on a disguise, and he looks like Gene Shalit, formerly of “The Today Show.” Many other such instances show the sweetness in David’s personality, despite his poor decision making, which Kelly can’t seem to forget. Unfortunately, the film features strong language, in addition to several sexual comments and innuendos. So, we are unable to award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. What a shame, because, with a little “cleaning up,” it could have been an entertaining movie for parents and kids 12 and older.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing between a few couples; a woman gyrates and does a "sexual" dance on purpose to annoy her boss; several instances of sexual innuendos and comments; in the blooper reel at the end, an actor sticks out his tongue, and the actress tells him to "put it in," and he makes an obscene gesture; a man gives the "eye" to a married woman.
Language: G/OG-3; The letter F is muttered; what sounds like the F word in a sentence; H-6; A-5; Da*n-4; Crap-3; Son of a...(Not finished)-1; Slang for having sex-1; Slang for female genitalia-2; Slang for breasts-2; Sc*ew-1; Butt holes-1; Big Butt Central-1; Shut up-2
Violence: Scenes early in the film of people attempting to rob an armored vehicle and man robbing a store; a man hits a man in the head with a garbage can lid; a woman throws her gun, and it goes off and hits a window; a man, during target practice, accidentally burns his behind when he accidentally shoots his gun near his rear; several car crashes; a man crashes an armored truck; a man goes off pier on his motor bike; two women punch and have a major fight in a store and throw objects at each other; a man is hired on two occasions to kill someone; two men beat up Mexican officers, who are trying to arrest them; a man is knocked out with a rifle punch to the face and is duct taped; a man is shot after he is let out of a trunk of a car.
Drugs: Drinking in several scenes, including beer and champagne; champagne is served and shown on a table; wine; man has unlit cigar; a comment of "I'm buzzed, not drunk"; an "Are you stoned?" comment.
Nudity: Woman removes her shirt and is shown in just a bra; cleavage in several scenes; man in his underwear; man's upper crack shown just above underwear; shirtless men in a couple of scenes.
Other: Flatulence in a few scenes; tattoos on woman; a joke about a nun's undies; man is shown eating a tarantula; a major bank robbery; a man accidentally falls into a large box, which is a homeless man's residence; a man in a disguise jokes that he looks like the baby of Jesus and a cat; pubic hair is shown on a hundred dollar bill that a man had next to his rear end; a man goes to the bathroom in a pool, and it turns into a brown color.


Company: APT Exchange & APT Worldwide
Director: Jared Hess
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 94 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L Carpenter