Becky is twenty years old, no education, and zero marketable skills. She pairs up with the cunning, street-smart, Marilyn Monroe-obsessed Arianna, as they struggle to creatively earn enough money to keep the bill collectors at bay and maintain their low quality of life.
Directed by America Young
Written by Laura Chinn
Laura Chinn, Steffany Huckaby, Talia Tabin, Alice Borden and Patrick Kilpatrick
I love comedy, action and con movies. I love con movies because the best ones usually incorporate both comedy and action. The interesting thing about con movies is you usually root for the con artist because they use the vices of the mark against them. So when the mark "gets gotten", there is a sense of justice. In Fairly Criminal, the beautiful, innocent seeming girls use these people’s love or their religion, against them which are two things that are actually remarkable in the human race. I love the idea of a lovely pair of girls being the most despicable of con artists. So I went even further with it with the production design being bright, colorful and whimsical. We named the dogs after Fairytale characters, while our darling girls are quite literally the trolls under the beautifully painted bridge.
But it is important that you still root for our trolls, so we gave Becky the desperate need for help in survival and company. We gave Arianna, not her real name, a hero she related to personally for many, sad reasons, Marilyn Monroe, and the need for a partner for her master con plan. Together, they navigate the murky waters of crime and new found friendship in the contrast of a bright, colorful setting…so while we probably shouldn’t, we root for them.