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November 8, 2004
A.J.'s Rating:  2.5 Matinee Worthy Stars
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   Max, played by Pierce Brosnan, and Lola, played by Salma Hayek, have worked hard to earn their retirement. They now live together on a beautiful island in the Caribbean, free of the inconvenient complications customary to their former shared profession. Lola, however, isn't convinced that Max has settled down for good. After all, it must be difficult to retire when you're one of the most successful jewel thieves the world has ever known!  
    Equally unsure of Max's retirement is FBI Agent Stan Lloyd, played by Woody Harrelson. Agent Lloyd's been on Max and Lola's trail ever since they stole the first Napoleon Diamond, and even kept an eye on them while they stole the second one. Max and Lola outfoxed Agent Lloyd on both occasions, which didn't seem to go over that well back at the Bureau. You see, one tiny detail keeps Agent Lloyd from catching Max and Lola. Though he knows they stole both diamonds, he can't actually prove it. Now, the third and last Napoleon Diamond is being exhibited for a limited time, on a luxury cruise ship headed straight for Max and Lola's island paradise. Hmm... coincidence?
    After the Sunset is part comedy, part romance, and part heist flick. Unfortunately, it never really decides which part to focus on. For romance, we are given Max and Lola, who, though they obviously belong together, haven't decided to tie the knot just yet. It seems that Max may have some commitment issues. As for comedy, the humor in After the Sunset consists primarily of cheap sex jokes that wouldn't be out of place in National Lampoon's Caribbean Vacation. Lastly, the heist elements of the story can be summed up in one word. Clichéd and predictable. Okay, make that two words.
     I must admit, even with material this weak, Pierce Brosnan, Woody Harrelson, and Salma Hayek are still entertaining to watch. The same goes for Naomie Harris, who plays Sophie, the island's chief constable. She turns in a strong performance, especially for a relative feature newcomer. Meanwhile, Don Cheadle, in a role that's not much more than a glorified cameo appearance, also shines. Put simply, the combined on-screen charisma of these stars is enough to make even the most inane story somewhat enjoyable!
    For me, the stars made this movie. If you like them as much as I do, and aren't searching for deep meaning, or any meaning for that matter, After the Sunset may be worth a look. In fact, I'd suggest seeing After the Sunset before the sunset. It's cheaper then.
Directed By: David R. Ellis
Written By: Paul Zbyszewski (story) /
Paul Zbyszewski & Craig Rosenberg (screenplay)
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Woody Harrelson, Don Cheadle,
Naomie Harris

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sexuality, violence and language.
After the Sunset