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Movie Review: Ocean's Thirteen

Alternate Title: Boys With Toys

Story: Oh those aging rascals are at it again. Director Steven Soderbergh, who knows his cast of hunky actors well, delivers a slick, predictable, Ocean's formulaic, easy on the eye, summer indulgence of a film.

The caper this time out involves a nasty Las Vegas hotel megalomaniac who has wronged one of the Thirteen. The wrong must be righted. The guilty must be punished (sans violence). With intricate detail, we follow the challenges, the good humor, the winks and dazzling smiles. Just sit back and enjoy the fun. Two hours later we have all laughed, looked at our watches a few times and chalked it up to summer cinema fun.

I have seen the other two Ocean films and was familiar with the premise. My movie buddy was new to the franchise and enjoyed it much more than I did. That said, if you like this band of eye candy (I do), like heist/caper films (I do), sometimes want a film that simply entertains (I do) than check out this third part of the franchise.

Acting: The boys and back and continue to look good. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Al Pacino, Andy Garcia, Elliott Gould, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Carl Reiner, Eddie Izzard, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin. Lucky Ellen Barkin represented the x chromosome.

Predilection: I like to look at handsome men.

Critters: 0

Food: Food was represented by the Hotel's food critic but I do not recall anyone actually eating this time out.

Blatant Product Placement: Oprah

Soundtrack: Light and pleasant

Opening Titles: Don't remember

Visual Art: The hoteliers have wonderful collections including a beautiful Klimt.

Theater Audience: A handful of Tuesday afternoon goof offs.

Weather: It is always sunny and pleasant when the hunky Thirteen are in town.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I looked at my watch after only 45 minutes.

Predictability Level: Over the top.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be just fine. For my two other reviews of Ocean's 11 and Ocean's 12 go to my 2001 and 2004 archives at http://judithwolfe.com/lobosmoviereviews

Length: Two hours.

LOBO HOWLS: 5