Masterminds

Release date: September 30, 2016
Directed by: Jared Hess
Written by: Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer
Produced by: Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn
Genre: Comedy
Running time: 1h 35min

Kristen Wiig as: Kelly
Other cast: Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon

David Ghantt is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people’s money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime. Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash…only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, they leave behind a glaring trail of evidence. Now on the lam and in over his head, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man, Mike McKinney, and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most.

Production Notes

Playing the minimum-wage femme fatale to Galifianakis’ blue-collar thief, Kristen Wiig brought innate empathy to her zany interpretation of Kelly Campbell. “In our version of the story, they’re clueless people with big hearts,” says Wiig. “It’s not that you should rob a bank if you’re bored, but I think Kelly really did find something in her life she was looking for. She’s the reason why David puts his life at risk. He loves her, and then she falls in love with him. I couldn’t believe it was a true story.”

The on-screen chemistry between Galifianakis and Wiig infuses Masterminds’ slapstick surrealism with a number of heart-warming moments. “I’ve worked with Kristen before on other things but I really got to know her on Masterminds,” says Galifianakis. “She’s the goofiest lady in the greatest way and unafraid to try things. We really clicked – thank God, because it’s the worst when you don’t.”

To portray Kelly Campbell, the woman who inspires David’s criminality in the first place, Wiig worked with costume designer Sarah Edwards to make sure her character dressed in authentically unfashionable outfits. “We looked at a lot of portraits of people that were taken in malls in the ’90s including photographs taken by the Sears Portrait Studio,” she says. “Kristen really wanted to embrace that and wear things that were maybe not so pretty.”