What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001) - Synopsis
Kevin and Max have made careers out of stealing: Kevin Caffrey (Martin Lawrence) is a professional thief with a taste for the finer things and billionaire Max Fairbanks (Danny DeVito) is a ruthless businessman used to getting whatever he wants.
When Kevin targets Max's supposedly unoccupied beachfront mansion for an easy nighttime heist, he interrupts Max in a bathtub tryst with Miss September, the cops are called, and Kevin is arrested. With Kevin in handcuffs, however, Max takes it one step too far - he takes Kevin's good-luck ring right off his finger, telling the police it's his and exacting his own little revenge - thieving from a thief.
Now the combat lines are drawn: The ring was Kevin's girlfriend's, and he'll do anything to get it back. As their battle of wills escalates into full-on war (and a colorful cast takes sides), Kevin and Max fumble and bumble their way towards finding out that the worst that could happen is worse - and funnier - than they ever imagined.
Martin Lawrence (Big Momma's House (2000), Blue Streak (1999)) and Danny DeVito (Batman Returns (1992)) star in The Turman-Morrissey Company/Hyde Park Entertainment production of MGM Pictures' comedy WHAT'S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN?. Directed by Sam Weisman (George of the Jungle (1997)) from a screenplay by Matthew Chapman (Consenting Adults), the film features an incredibly talented supporting cast, including John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge (2001)) as Kevin's wisecracking partner-in-crime; Glenne Headly (Mr. Holland's Opus) as Max's lovelorn assistant; William Fichtner (Perfect Storm, the (1999)) as an oblique police investigator; Carmen Ejogo (television's Sally Hemings) as Kevin's beautiful girlfriend; and comedian Bernie Mac (Original Kings of Comedy, the (2000)) as the man who launders Kevin's loot. Larry Miller (Nutty Professor, the (1996)), Nora Dunn (Three Kings (1999)), Richard Schiff (The West Wing), Ana Gasteyer (Saturday Night Live), Siobhan Fallon (Men in Black (1997)) and Lenny Clarke (The Job) are also there to lend a comic hand.
Based upon the novel by Donald E. Westlake (an Oscar®-nominee for his screenplay adaption of The Grifters), the film was produced by Lawrence Turman, David Hoberman, Ashok Amritraj, and Wendy Dytman, with executive producers John Morrissey, Martin Lawrence and David Nicksay and co-producer Peaches Davis. They assembled a skilled team for the project, including director of photography Anastas N. Michos (Man on the Moon (2000)), production designer Howard Cummings (Next Best Thing, the (2000)]), and editors Garth Craven (My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)) and Nicholas Moore (Notting Hill (1999)). The costumes were designed by Oscar®-nominee Jeffrey Kurland (Bullets Over Broadway (1994), Erin Brockovich (2000)), with music by accomplished composer Tyler Bates (Kingdom Come, Get Carter (2000)).