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It's a title and plot with promise -- a thief who touches the lives of the people she steals from ... a philanthropic kleptomaniac. From the plot summaries and positive buzz to the name itself -- The Pleasure of Being Robbed -- Joshua Safdie's debut feature suggests a delightful departure from cliches, a venture that's particularly desirable this week as the overwhelmingly cliched Valentine's Day hits theaters. This indie hints at happiness in thievery, how the act of taking someone's possessions can give them something back, and fulfill them in a way their things could not.
From a whimsical look into robbery to a comedic take on consumerism, there's a lot of could-be's for Robbed, but the reality is nothing more than a grating mess that avoids the possibilities of its plot.