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Film review

In ‘Parker,’ thief goes after his own kind

Jason Statham plays the title character, a thief with a “moral code,” and Jennifer Lopez stars as a real estate agent in “Parker.”
Photographer: Jack English/FilmDistrict
Jason Statham plays the title character, a thief with a “moral code,” and Jennifer Lopez stars as a real estate agent in “Parker.”
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It would be great, one day, to see Jason Statham try his hand at a romance or slapstick farce. He wouldn’t have to change what he does — if he could, which seems doubtful.

Somehow, the counterintuitive casting of the taciturn British action star — shaved dome, sinewy, snarling his lines as he hot-wires a pickup — in something light and larky, or Nicholas Sparks-y, is an appealing notion. Incongruous, almost surreal.

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