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Masterminds is a 2016 comedy film directed by Jared Hess, starring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, and Jason Sudeikis. Based on a true story, it recounts the 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery, one of the biggest bank heists in U.S. history.

Not to be confused with the 1997 film of the same name.


This film contains examples of:

  • Bank Robbery: The plot centers around a plan to rob Loomis Fargo.
  • The Caper: In this case, the caper is to rob Loomis Fargo.
  • Flowers of Romance: David brings Kelly a pair of roses for what he thinks is a date.
  • Nice Guy: The film portrays David as a nice guy who got in way over his head.
  • Nouveau Riche: Steve and his family quickly become this after the Loomis Fargo heist, buying a lavish house and loading it up with gaudy crap.
  • Replacement Goldfish: When the film opens, David has resigned himself to being this for Jandice, who had fallen passionately in love with David's distant cousin only to lose him.
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  • Toxic Friend Influence: After getting fired from Loomis Fargo, Kelly falls in with childhood friend Steve, who's become a bank robber, and who soon recruits her for a scheme.

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