GenreComedy, Crime Budget20 million USD WriterBix Skahill LanguageEnglish
Patrick von Krusenstjerna Release dateSeptember 22, 2000 (2000-09-22) (U.S.)
November 30, 2000 (2000-11-30) (Czech Republic)
November 20, 2001 (2001-11-20) (Kuwait) DirectorsPontus Lowenhielm, Patrick von Krusenstjerna CastSalma Hayek (Kolko), Jeff Goldblum (Avnet), Elijah Wood (Mikey), David Cross (Andy), Tom Wilkinson (Bollingsworth), Orlando Jones (Miss Cocoa) Similar moviesLovers, Goodbye Lover, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Boys Don't Cry, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Sea of Love
TaglineWhy should smart people get all the money?
Chain of fools trailer 2000
Chain of Fools (also known by its production title Shiny New Enemies) is a 2000 heist comedy film.
Thomas Kresk is a loser—he isn't good at his job, he's been tossed out of his home, and his wife just dumped him for the marriage counselor. Now he's depressed, and contemplating suicide. And yes, things get worse: a criminal named Avnet (Jeff Goldblum) has stolen three priceless coins, and decided to blackmail Bollingsworth (Tom Wilkinson), his billionaire partner in crime. After Kresk overhears this, he almost gets shot—and Avnet ends up impaled on a pair of barbers' scissors.
Now Kresk is in a considerably nastier situation, so he steals the gun and the coins. But things take a sharp turn when he hires a hit man named Mikey (Elijah Wood), and discovers that the hit man is only seventeen and emotionally traumatized by his parents' suicide. And that Kresk is falling for the cop/Playboy model Sgt. Meredith Kolko (Salma Hayek), and that his nephew Scottie (Devin Drewitz) has now swallowed the coins. Now Kresk is in over his head, and has to deal with the strange and sometimes dangerous people around him.
Steve Zahn as Kresk
Salma Hayek as Kolko
Jeff Goldblum as Avnet
David Cross as Andy
Elijah Wood as Mikey
Tom Wilkinson as Bollingsworth
David Hyde Pierce as Mr. Kerne
Kevin Corrigan as Paulie
Orlando Jones as Miss Cocoa
Lara Flynn Boyle as Karen
John Cassini as Henchman
Michael Rapaport as Hitman
Craig Ferguson as Melander Stevens
Myndy Crist as Jeannie
Chain of Fools was written by Bix Skahill and directed by an entity known as "Traktor." This is not, in fact, a single person, but a Swedish production team consisting of five directors and two producers.
The stunt coordinator was David Jacox.
Reviews were mixed to negative. Although Chain of Fools was released theatrically in some countries, it ended up being released straight-to-video in the United States.