Pine, Foster, and Bridges takes on the central roles of Toby Howard, Tanner Howard, and Marcus Hamilton and are joined on the cast list by Dale Dickey, Katy Mixon, William Sterchi, and Kristin Berg.
Director David Mackenzie keeps the story moving briskly, striking a nice balance between the jolting robbery sequences and the ruminative conversations between its two pairs of men. Cinematographer Giles Nuttgens’ beautiful wide-screen compositions add to the immersive, respectful authenticity, as does Mackenzie’s superb casting that extends to the smallest roles. (The filmmakers have clearly spent their fair share of time in restaurants. The waitresses in this movie — played by Katy Mixon and Margaret Bowman — are beauts, each in their own particular fashion.)
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Katy Mixon barely got any time off between the cancellation of Mike & Molly and the start of her new show, American Housewife, but she wouldn't have it any other way.
What saves all this from sentimentality is that the boys, or at least Tanner, are not exactly Robin Hoods. Tanner robs because he loves the adrenaline high he gets from breaking the law. He has a built-in radar for courting danger. By contrast, Toby is driven solely by a desire to pull his sons out of a life of poverty. He’s good-natured toward everybody except bankers. In one of the film’s best scenes, a local diner waitress (Katy Mixon), who is behind in her mortgage and has two kids to raise, gently flirts with him. He leaves her a $200 tip. (When Marcus asks for it back, as criminal evidence, she balks loudly.)