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Overall Rating
2.97

Awesome: 0%
Worth A Look48.72%
Average: 20.51%
Pretty Bad: 10.26%
Total Crap: 20.51%

4 reviews, 15 user ratings



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by Greg Muskewitz

"Leaving city limits."
1 stars

Inept and humorless remake of Mario Monicelli’s 1958 Italian comedy Big Deal on Madonna Street.

Brothers Anthony and Joe Russo relocate, obviously, to Collinwood, the “Beirut of [New] England,” to crank out the mishaps of a motley crew of would-be petty criminals. The occasional slang is anachronistically tossed in — the Ballini, the Malensky, the Caputznik — causing only minor stir over the rest of the bad choices and how they tend to minimize these. One unsuspecting disappointment is in the casting of William H. Macy, generally reliable, but even with the prop of a slung-up baby, gains no leverage. The excess and overall self-importance of the Russo Brothers should come as no surprise as they have been mentored under the ego-swelling, self-important guru, Steven Soderbergh, with additional hot air wheezing out of George Clooney. No matter how pathetic, out-of-sync, and poorly recycled the gags are, all that strain warrants is but a mere uninspired giggle at the imbecility of plunging down a coal-shoot into who-knows-what.

With Sam Rockwell, Isaiah Washington, Michael Jeter, Patricia Clarkson and Luis Guzman.

[Not to be bothered with.]

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Brisbane Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Brisbane Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

6/23/13 PAUL SHORTT PAINFULLY UNFUNNY DESPITE A GOOD CAST 1 stars
12/30/05 Agent Sands Clooney's part is the highlight. 4 stars
8/16/05 Indrid Cold Mostly boring, but the heist at the end is surprisingly funny. 4 stars
5/12/05 Mike It was ok. My girlfriend loves it though. 3 stars
5/11/04 Matt Rahner Good movie, missed a bit on some scenes, the heist is the funniest. Sam Rockwell rules. 4 stars
5/02/04 The More You Know idiots make lousy filmmakers 2 stars
3/02/04 Ingo Totally boring, unnerving score - miss it. 2 stars
11/24/03 Monster W. Kung Please rent the great original Big Deal on Madonna's Street, not this crappy remake. 2 stars
9/16/03 Trevor Gensch Predictable, derivative but still a lot of fun 4 stars
5/17/03 George Jung Smarter than it looks...needs to be watched twice to enjoy it fully. 4 stars
4/12/03 natasha_theobald I couldn't connect with the rhythm of it 2 stars
2/21/03 Reini Urban An ok feelgood evening, formally astonishing 4 stars
11/21/02 andreas I laughed my ass off. Basically pure slapstick 4 stars
11/11/02 poetchuck great cast-- many disappointments 1 stars
10/10/02 daniboy some good stuff but not that great 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  04-Oct-2002 (R)

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Australia
  28-Aug-2003




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