Chain of Fools (2000)

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Salma Hayek plays an avid detective assigned to the heist of a batch of precious coins that end up in the hands of a suicidal barber.

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  • Salma Hayek stars as Sgt. Meredith Kolko
  • Elijah Wood and Michael Rapaport in Chain of Fools (2000)
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5 May 2004 | TBJCSKCNRRQTreviews
| Very black and pretty funny
This started off a little slow, but quickly accelerated to a very quick pace. It went so fast for the last two thirds of the movie that you really had to pay attention to get everything. The twists are great, and incredibly funny. The plot is pretty good, not brilliant but allows for some very funny twists, and some unbelievably funny, but fairly unlikely, very complicated, situations that will make you laugh for several minutes without stopping for a breath, provided that you like black humor. The actors all do pretty good jobs, even Elijah Wood, who I normally hate with a passion, pulled off an entertaining performance. There weren't really any of the actors I was heavily disappointed by. All of the characters were funny, in their own, twisted sort of way, most of them are either caricatures or stereotypes, but they work really well together. The humor was great, most of the time, though some of the jokes fell flat, but most of it was a treat for fans of black comedy(like me). The sparse number of action scenes there was, were really great. The movie has a very good fast pace throughout most of the movie, there was hardly any moment where I was bored. The movie has some scenes that take place on a non-linear timeline, especially in the beginning, but the moment these are over, the film finds a better pace. This is not to say that these scenes were bad, in fact I find them to be a great start to the film. Overall, the movie was quite good, but some of the humor seemed to be more there to shock than to amuse, some of it did seem over the top. It could have been better, had the humor been more balanced and had more of the characters been believable and likable. In the end, the movie has some great laughs, but that's about it. It's easily forgettable. I recommend this to pretty much any fan of black comedy. It's not the best, but it's a pretty good one. If you're not easily offended, and you like black humor, it's worth checking out. 7/10

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Did You Know?


Claudia Schiffer was originally cast as Karen.


Mikey: You wanna go see a show? We should go see "Cats"...that's a good show!


When Mikey (Elijah Wood) is about to shoot Bollingsworth (Tom Wilkinson), he points a Walther P99 pistol at him. The pistol is, however, not cocked as revealed by the absence of the bright red "cocked" indicator below the rear sights. This would make it impossible for the weapon to fire. (This may have been an intentional precaution by the filmmakers as the weapon has no safety switch.)


Down to This
Written by
Mike Doughty (as Michael Doughty), Mark De Gli Antoni (as Mark Degliantoni), Yuval Gabay (as Yuval Gabag), Sebastian Steinberg, Lew Brown, Charles Tobias, Sam H. Stept, Toots Hibbert (as Frederick Hibbert), Howlin' Wolf (as C. Burnett)
Performed by Soul Coughing
Courtesy of Slash Records / Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
(contains the following samples:
"Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree"
Written by Lew Brown, Sam H. Stept, Charles Tobias
Performed by The Andrews Sisters
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"Time Tough"
Written by Toots Hibbert (as C. Burnett)
Performed by Toots & The Maytals
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"Smokestack Lightnin'"
Written by Howlin' Wolf (as Frederick Hibbert)
Performed by Howlin' Wolf
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises)


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Comedy | Crime

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