This appears to be more or less a re-heating and re-shuffling of Sam Raimi‘s A Simple Plan. That Scott Rudin-produced Paramount release is now 15 and 1/2 years old, but it seems better and better the more I think back upon it. Scott Smith‘s screenplay was based on his novel of the same name. Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton and Bridget Fonda were never better. Thornton snagged a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominated, and Smith was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.