DVD review: Gambit

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A lightweight con-man caper scripted by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz, Gambit sounds as if it should be a fun night in. It isn't.

The plot is back-of-an-envelope simple, the pace is agonisingly slow, and the jokes keep hanging around well after they've stopped being funny – which is not to say that they are ever really sidesplitting to begin with. Unbelievably, this shambles was in development for 14 years.