The popular ‘Rat Pack’ team of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Junior Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop starred in the 1960 original. And in this updated version, George Clooney takes the Sinatra role of recently paroled con man Danny Ocean, who recruits ten specialists to do the impossible, rob three Las Vegas casinos at the same time. It’s all to get back at the casinos’ owner who now dates Danny’s ex-wife Tess, played by Julia Roberts. The incredible heist is pulled off with the help of Brad Pitt in the Dean Martin part of Danny’s trusted friend and fellow con man, Rusty. Matt Damon dips into the role of pickpocket Linus Caldwell. Like the original Rat Pack, the group seems to have fun during the film, which makes it fun for the audience as well. Angie Dickinson, who played Tess in the original, even makes a brief appearance.
Unfortunately, the updated script includes numerous obscenities and strong profanities. And although there’s little sexual content, one scene includes scantily-clad performers in the background. Along with objectionable dialogue, the group of thieves is presented, if not as heroes, at least as likable characters and their theft has limited consequences. Done in part for love of Tess, Danny’s theft even takes on positive aspects, which sends the wrong message to impressionable teens and, with the vulgar language, can’t be recommended