A Simple Plan ★★★★½

The perfect plan, really, would be if Billy Bob Thornton steadily worked in the movies for the next 30 years. He is a consistently edgy performer, and every time I see him, he's a breath of fresh air. He was on fire in '98, nailing it in "Primary Colors" earlier this year.

In "A Simple Plan", Thornton (robbed of an Oscar) is Jacob Mitchell, the slow, dim-witted brother whose goodness is corrupted by a bag of found millions. His brother, an excellent Bill Paxton, is conscientious and wary of the whole situation, but eventually makes all the wrong decisions.

This is Sam Raimi at his restrained best.

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