An art curator decides to seek revenge on his abusive boss by conning him into buying a fake Monet, but his plan requires the help of an eccentric and unpredictable Texas rodeo queen.
Gambit takes the viewer into the world of art, art theft to be exact. Harry Dean is the curator of an art museum who has an abusive and self-serving narcissistic boss. When Harry has had enough, he develops a plan to seek revenge. His plan involves a fake Monet painting and a beautiful cowgirl. This plot is beginning to sound a little unusual, let this family movie guide explain, at least try to explain how art theft and cowgirls can be roped together in the same plot.
First, the Gambit movie is more of a situation comedy than drama, or crime movie. Gambit centers on a crime, but humor based on the situations the character gets into is the key focus of the movie. Harry’s plan to seek revenge on his boss does not go as planned and he finds himself in more than a few predicaments, and more than a few involving pantless predicaments.
Harry finds a cowgirl at a rodeo and offers her a considerable sum of money to pose in her country bumpkin trailer with her grandmother and the Monet painting. The two ladies can be seen in the painting with a magnifying glass. For those who are not familiar, Claude Monet’s “Haystacks” is an impressionist painting of just what it says, haystacks in the country. The two ladies were cleverly inserted into the painting as a very small pixel in the brushstrokes. It was a really good Photoshop of the painting. The ploy works and his boss decides to exhibit the coveted painting in his gallery, hosting a gala event to draw attention to it.
The cowgirl has a wonderful time in the big city. There are many scenes and jokes referring to human body parts best not mentioned in public, numerous scenes of partial nudity, and little general naughtiness throughout. These suggestive gestures and suggestions occur continually throughout the movie and make up a considerable part of the humor. This is a movie where parental guide to the movies must inform, but you, as a parent must decide what is right for your family. However, the nature of the comments may make the Gambit movie inappropriate for those under age 10.
Parental Guide to the movies rates Gambit a little higher than the MPAA simply on the frequency and blatant nature of the nudity references. The cowgirl is seen in her undies and bra. The main character and his abusive boss are seen in their undies too. FYI, one wears boxers and the other wears briefs, quite brief briefs to be exact. This may be a little too much information for most, but the director apparently had no qualms about providing the movie-going audience with this information, in detail. The Gambit movie is funny, but most of the humor is a little too racy for those younger than a pre-teen. Gambit is definitely not one for the younger members of the family, at least not by this family movie review’s standards.