Saturday, February 25, 2017

TV Show Review: Sneaky Pete

The life of a con artist is not easy and Marius Josipovic (Giovanni Ribisi) has it harder than most. Sentenced to three years in prison after being caught in a con by Vince (Bryan Cranston), he finally gets out to assume the identity of his cellmate Pete. He falls in with Pete's family including the two grandparents Audrey (Margo Martindale) and Otto (Peter Gerety) Bernhardt. Pete hadn't seen them in over twenty years so they can't tell the difference between Marius and the actual Pete. The other relatives do suspect something especially Carly (Libe Barer), the youngest of the Bernhardts.

The family runs a bail bond company with the help of Pete's cousin Julia (Marin Ireland) mother of two, one with her estrange lawyer husband Lance (Jacob Pitts). Pete's other cousin Taylor (Shane McRae) is a local police officer who used to bully Pete and continues to pull pranks on Marius. Vince is under pressure to save his brother Eddie (Michael Drayer) who has been captured by Vince and threatened to lose his fingers and toes if Marius does not return Vince's one hundred thousand dollars. 

Marius comes up with a plot to steal collateral from the Bernhardts' bail company and use that to pay off Vince. The plot becomes much more complicated as Vince has to get into a safe to find money that isn't even there. Everyone is keeping secrets or running a con but no one is as good as Marius. Still, he has to rely on tons of lucky breaks to not have his real identity discovered or get caught by the crooked detective who is after him for revenge. Another issue is that Marius's old girlfriend and con artist partner Karolina (Karolina Wydra) has been forced into a relationship with Vince. 

Ribisi is great in the lead role, telling lies and endearing himself to marks as he dodges one close call after another. Cranston brings a new angle to his great acting performances as a cop who turned into a mastermind criminal who always seems to be on top of Marius's next move. The supporting cast does a good job of making me like them almost immediately especially the incredibly talent Margo Martindale. The show is full of talent.

I have been playing catch up with Amazon shows but was pleased to find this one so full of cliffhangers that I could easily watch episode after episode. The show sets up for a second season so I look forward to getting it renewed. Amazon has a whole group of shows that I'm behind on that I hope to prioritize in the upcoming months as I've caught up on other prestige streaming sites. 

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