‘Masterminds’: Odd comedy flawed but full of laughs

A certain subset of the population might view Zach Galifianakis in a ridiculous hairdo as the height of comedy.

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You’ll find much merriment in the lightweight and silly comedy “Masterminds,” which is astonishingly based on the true story of one of the largest cash robberies in the United States.

Also, Galifianakis sports a variety of insane wigs and ‘dos — from a long blond number and a kinky black perm to his own Prince Valiant bob, styled for the heavens.

“Masterminds” is a small, strange film — definitely not a movie that enters the upper-echelons of director Jared Hess’ oeuvre, which includes the wacky comedy classics “Napoleon Dynamite” and “ Nacho Libre.”

Nor is it the best work of its stars.

Nonetheless, the marriage of the insane 1997 true-crime story and the murderer’s row of comic performers results in copious laughter.

Galifianakis plays aw-shucks naif David Ghantt, an employee of armored-truck company Loomis Fargo, trapped in a loveless engagement with Jandice (an unblinking Kate McKinnon) and carrying a torch for a co-worker, sassy Kelly (Kristen Wiig). Kelly and her petty-thief buddy Stephen (Owen Wilson) hatch a plan to rob the company vault, and they ensnare lovelorn David into their plot as their inside man.

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