Flypaper (2011 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rob Minkoff
Produced by Mark Damon
Peter Safran
Patrick Dempsey
Written by Jon Lucas
Scott Moore
Starring Patrick Dempsey
Ashley Judd
Music by John Swihart
Cinematography Steven Poster
Edited by Tom Finan
Distributed by Foresight Unlimited
The Safran Company
Release date
  • January 28, 2011 (2011-01-28) (Sundance)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Flypaper is a 2011 American crime comedy film starring Patrick Dempsey and Ashley Judd, and directed by Rob Minkoff.


A bank is simultaneously attacked by two groups of robbers: three high-tech professionals and two rustic buffoons. One bystander is quickly shot and killed, apparently by accident, and eight hostages taken. One of the hostages, an obsessive-compulsive customer, notices several puzzling details, from which he guesses that the coincidence was intentional: the robbers (among others) were lured here, with misleading blueprints and defective equipment, so that another criminal – at the top of the FBI's wanted list of bank robbers – could kill them to cover his own trail.



The writers of the film, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, also wrote the screenplay for The Hangover. The director, Rob Minkoff, is well known for co-directing The Lion King. Filming took place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in June 2010. The opening animatic sequence was created by Geefwee Boedoe. Boedoe had been planning to fully animate the sequence, but due to budget and because Minkoff enjoyed the animatic so much, he decided to use that in the final product.


It was not critically well-received, with a 17% Rotten Tomatoes rating (only 3 of 18 critics liked it) and grossed only $1,100 total in its theatrical release at one theater on two screens with no advertising.[1] Over time, the audience ratings have trended to 41% on Rotten Tomatoes.[2]


  1. ^ Review of Flypaper by Marilyn Armstrong, February 27, 2013
  2. ^ "Flypaper". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 

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