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How To Beat The High Co$t Of Living

All-girl heist comedy with Susan Saint James, Jane Curtin and Jessica Lange. Their lives variously made a misery by late ’70s galloping inflation, the trio hatch a plan to steal a huge amount of cash that the local shopping mall is collecting in a huge plastic ball for a guess-how-much-and-win-it competition, by tunnelling under it, cutting a hole in the base and hoovering up the notes. Some amusing riffs on the housewives-do-crime premise – domestic appliances employed as burglary tools, having to bring the kids along when a babysitter calls off etc. – and a nice feeling of a now truly bygone era, keep it one notch above high concept desperation.

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