In The Brothers Bloom, siblings Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) and Bloom (Adrien Brody) are a scrappy terrier and listless Whippet sniffing for suckers. Stephen is the alpha dog herding his brother into elaborate con games, with Bloom passively following.
To put it another way, Stephen is the architect of intricate schemes to relieve millionaires of their Swiss bank accounts, and brother Bloom is his front man, reluctantly priming the next mark for maximum bamboozle. The next - and hopefully, last - chump is Penelope (Rachel Weisz), an heiress of many enthusiasms and no particular vocation.
Like the hats the brothers wear - a porkpie and a bowler suggesting their slapstick allegiance with Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton - there is something arch about these hornswogglers. Not to mention the movie they're in.