The Impostors

Meet Arthur (Tucci) and Maurice (Platt), two unemployed actors-turned-stowaways on a luxury liner overflowing with the looniest, liveliest assortment of mixed nuts ever to set sail. Perpetually in search of an opportunity to act, Arthur and Maurice must give the performances of a lifetime to evade the ship’s officers and foil the dastardly plot of an outrageously deranged crewman.It’s unfortunate to report that The Impostors–a misguided, but slightly noble, attempt to return to both the Hope and Crosby Road movies as well as the screwball comedies of the ’30s and ’40s–really, really doesn’t work. Writer, director, and star Stanley Tucci (who created the gorgeous Big Night) plays Arthur, who along with Maurice (Oliver Platt) finds himself stowing away on an ocean liner and forced into multiple masquerades. The film has a dream cast of supporting players, including Steve Buscemi, Tony Shalhoub, Isabella Rossellini, and Campbell Scott, but the humor never works and this vessel founders quickly. –Keith Simanton

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Still St. Leigh on 07/21/2018 at 7:08 AM.

“Hey, guys! Let’s put on a show!” The spirit of Andy Rooney and Judy Garland hovers over this meeting of terrific actors in a hectic storyline. When an early scene features an uncredited Woody Allen, you do begin to wonder if the point of it all was for congenial actors to have some fun together between more calculating career moves.Stanley Tucci directed and co-stars with Oliver Platt as two out-of-work, out-of luck actors who enrage Shakesperean star Alfred Molina. They hide out in a large packing box on the…

Karen511 on 07/21/2018 at 7:30 AM.

Funny & farcical homage to classic comedy duo pics! Very funny, farcical period homage to the old-time comedy duos and screwball comedies of the 30’s & 40’s! The cast is amazing– a lot of very funny & talented actors including Oliver Platt & Stanley Tucci, who have great comic chemistry together as the co-leads (I only wish they had done more sequels with these characters, in the old tradition of comedy teams like Abbott & Costello who always played essentially the same two misfits in many different farcical situations that were over their…

William Hardy on 07/21/2018 at 7:52 AM.

Ignore the critics at The New Yorker and Amazon Not to denigrate Keith Simanton and Ken Marks–Lord knows I’ve written some clueless reviews in my time–but these guys simply don’t get what The Imposters is all about. This is old-school comedy, pure and simple–a string of set pieces given to some very funny people in a plot so flimsy it’s pointless. The Imposters is both an homage to classic film comedy and a pastiche of Hollywood musicals; it knows you know it’s a big put-on, but it does it anyway, like a guy disguised as a woman who knows…