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The Tailor of Panama

By Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Not a great movie -- for adults only.

Movie R 2001 109 minutes
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It is perhaps a relief to encounter an espionage thriller that doesn't involve simple and reductive notions of good guys and bad guys. There are no Matrix-like kung fu action sequences, and the only gadget on display is a ludicrously low-tech lighter that doubles as a camera. MI-6 is just a posh office building in which employees struggle to get the biggest cut of the company profits. And despite the fact that arms-dealing and drug-trafficking are everywhere around the Panama canal, no one, from the CIA to the diplomatic corps to the Panamanian government, really cares.

In this moral vacuum, it's also hard to find a reason to care about the lead players. Osnard is so despicable that it's impossible to enjoy his conquests. And while the movie claims that Harry is pathologically dishonest out of a loyalty to his old crook of an uncle and his love for his family, he carries on an affair with his receptionist and tries to ruin his wife's career. In this world without heroes, it's the savvy but secondary women who wind up cleaning up the messes left by their men. One only wishes they were the ones who walked off into the sunset with the suitcase full of CIA cash.

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