Cinema: Belabored Muse

Rotten to the Core. Halfway through this eccentric British comedy about a pack of bumbling criminals, moviegoers whose memories reach back a decade or so are apt to grow nostalgic and inquire rhetorically: Guinness, anyone? Rotten invites comparison to Sir Alec's memorable extralegal capers in The Man in the White Suit and The Lavender Hill Mob, but its low-jinx omits such essentials as wit, slyness and style.

In the rogues' gallery currently at hand are three idiotic young jailbirds fresh out of prison and admonished to "limit yourselves to a little honest pilfering." They are quickly embroiled in hijacking a train, kidnaping...

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