Film review: ‘The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window …’

Robert Gustafsson as the lead character, on the loose.

Two and a half stars

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, David Wiberg. Directed by Felix Herngren. Rated R. Opens Friday.

In its native Sweden, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is a huge hit, the third highest-grossing Swedish movie of all time. But comedy often has trouble translating, and The 100-Year-Old Man arrives in the U.S. as more of a bemusing curiosity than a massive crowd-pleaser.

Popular Swedish comedian Robert Gustafsson plays the title character, who indeed escapes out a window of his retirement home, and finds himself caught up in a plot involving a biker gang and a suitcase full of money. Meanwhile, flashbacks fill in his colorful past, including Forrest Gump-like encounters with various historical figures.

The man himself is more Mr. Bean than Forrest Gump, though, bumbling through dangerous situations and escaping obliviously unscathed. Some of the humor takes a surprisingly dark turn, and the wackiness gets a bit strained by the end. Mostly the movie is mild and subdued, provoking more boredom than laughter. Maybe that’s what sells in Sweden.


Josh Bell

Josh Bell is the film editor for Las Vegas Weekly, where he's been writing movie and TV reviews since 2002. ...

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