It's the perfect set-up: a team of criminals played by movie stars pull off a robbery. They trade wise-ass banter while planning elaborate schemes, dividing highly specialized tasks amongst themselves, and crafting ingenious ways to secure the loot, all while pissing off the bad guys. It's the big job. The last score. The con that will change everything for them.
You're in, right?
This isn't the latest entry in the long-running Ocean series -- the highly anticipated, all-female reboot/sequel Ocean's Eight doesn't hit theaters until next June -- but a movie that arrives this weekend with the scent of burned rubber and chewing tobacco: Logan Lucky, the latest comedy from director Steven Soderbergh, who helmed the 2001's Ocean's Eleven and also directed the '90s caper classic Out of Sight. Where both those movies were anchored by the slick, rapscallion charm of George Clooney, Logan Lucky is built around the lovable, big-brother charisma of Channing Tatum. While the Ocean series was flashy and perpetually Vegas-bound, Logan Lucky is hardscrabble and landlocked in North Carolina. Danny Ocean wore tailored suits; Tatum's Jimmy Logan wears American flag boxer shorts.