Bandits ★★½ 2001 (PG-13)
Willis and Thornton are Joe and Terry, quirky bank robbers known as the “sleepover bandits” for their unusual but nonviolent heists. With Willis as the smirky brawn and Thornton as the neurotic brain, the two play the ButchandSundance act until fate puts bored housewife Kate (Blanchett) in their path. She talks her way into their little gang, but can't decide which of the two she should fall for most. The plot then slams on the brakes, although Levinson adds enough padding to cushion the blow. Blanchett is excellent as the sultry, vulnerable Kate, but Thornton steals the show (and chomps on considerable scenery) as the omniphobic hypochondriac Terry (his fear of antique furniture is actually one of Thornton's welldocumented quirks as well). 123m/C VHS, DVD . US Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, Troy Garity, Bobby Slayton, Brian F. O'Byrne, Azura Skye, Stacey Travis, William ConverseRoberts, Richard Riehle, Micole Mercurio, January Jones; D: Barry Levinson; W: Harley Peyton; C: Dante Spinotti; M: Christopher Young. Natl. Bd. of Review '01: Actor (Thornton).