Three good old boys discover a huge amount of money. Make terrible decisions.


Director Sam Raimi is most well known for the original Spiderman trilogy and The Evil Dead series so A Simple Plan is a nice change of pace. Bill Paxton is an actor who has never really captured my attention despite appearing in a thousand movies but he is actually terrific throughout.

A Simple Plan is another fine example of how an uncomplicated story with a simple message (money can’t buy you happiness) can make for a great film in the right hands. Billy Bob Thornton puts in a good shift as lovable and vulnerable Jacob and while Thornton was nominated for an Oscar, it is Paxton who really leads the way. Fans of Fargo – both the film and the TV show – will find a lot to enjoy in A Simple Plan.