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Overall Rating

Awesome: 14.06%
Worth A Look: 18.75%
Pretty Bad: 15.63%
Total Crap: 14.06%

5 reviews, 34 user ratings

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by EricDSnider

"Watch 'Swingers' again instead, which is what Favreau should have done."
3 stars

Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn try to recapture their “Swingers” glory with “Made,” a film about two L.A. losers who try to become gangsters. As is usually the case with people trying to recapture their glory, they do not succeed. Lightning rarely strikes twice in the same place, and forcing it to follow the exact same trajectory as last time isn’t going to help any.

Favreau is Bobby, a weary odd-jobs guy whose current employment is in escorting his stripper girlfriend Jessica (Famke Janssen) from one bachelor party to the next and making sure the men don’t manhandle her. Then he’s called up to the big leagues by Jewish mobster Max (a delightfully profane Peter Falk), who wants him to go to New York for a job with murky details and an uncertain level of danger.

The difficult part is that Bobby’s life-long friend and complete moron Ricky (Vaughn) is going with him. Bobby’s duty is to find jobs for the incompetent Ricky, and Ricky is currently beholden to Max for having “lost” his delivery truck a while back.

Ricky is a guy who talks constantly and never listens. He’s a guy who thinks he’s the epitome of with-it-ness and cosmopolitan demeanor. He think he can fit in anywhere, because he knows “how it’s done.” He tips big and talks bigger. He’s an utter buffoon.

As such, he is at times very funny and at other times cringe-worthy. He’s more obnoxious than Vaughn’s “Swingers” character, who had enough funny lines to make up for the fact that if you met him in real life, you’d smack him.

In New York, Bobby and Ricky meet their contact, a high-living fellow named Ruiz (Sean “Puffy” Combs, who, to answer your next question, cannot really act). Ricky irritates him pretty quickly, and trouble ensues.

The film, written and directed by Favreau (who also wrote “Swingers”), is held together by moments. A funny moment when Ricky and Bobby are denied access to a dance club but Screech from “Saved by the Bell” gets in. A lot of amusing phraseology and slang. Bobby’s consistently good reactions to Ricky, whom he appears to have been tired of for as long as they’ve known each other. The fact they’re always getting into fistfights.

But isolated moments do not make a film great. “Made” is enjoyably glib throughout, but not nearly as much so as the film it’s trying to duplicate. Reuniting a pair, even one with as much comedy chemistry as Favreau and Vaughn, does not guarantee success. All it did was make me want to watch “Swingers” again.

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User Comments

1/07/11 Josie Cotton is a goddess Eh, it's alright 3 stars
8/27/05 ES Vince Vaughn unbelievably does this movie in as a guy so stupid its impossible to fathom 2 stars
1/20/05 Jeff Anderson A WORTHY & BRILLIANT FOLLOWUP TO SWINGERS! Vaughn and Favreau are pure gold together again! 5 stars
8/12/04 psycho dwarf Favreau gives too much latitude in his direction and script. This is a lazy mess. 2 stars
9/25/03 G$ Almost as good as Swingers. Definitely grows on you. Vaughan is hilarious 5 stars
7/12/03 Alice Thought it was very funny 4 stars
5/10/03 rue the whirl watch it. wait 6 months. watch it again. you'll love it. 5 stars
4/05/03 Jack Sommersby Very grating, but it JUST manages to get by. Combs is sensational. 3 stars
12/28/02 spacecowboy-00x nice cinematography and photography, and very entertaining 4 stars
10/27/02 MarktheShark6 Having Vince/Favreau reunite is great, but the cameo by Screetch takes the cake...awesome! 5 stars
8/26/02 WestcoastPunk Hard to fallow up after Swingers. But a solid movie still 3 stars
7/28/02 Adam Voorhees Cool flick but suffers in the glory of Swingers. Enjoy it for what it is, a good time. 5 stars
4/08/02 stoolie-bird as good as Swingers 4 stars
2/17/02 Clarance Fun,Entertaining, and Favreau + Vaughn = lots of laughs 4 stars
1/27/02 Adam Voorhees It ain't Swingers but its 20 times better than that toilet humour we have everywhere now. 4 stars
1/05/02 specialK shit 1 stars
12/29/01 Josh Leiber A MESS! Really Really awful movie for too many reasons to list here. 1 stars
12/04/01 Andrew Carden Vince Is The Greatest Actor Alive!!!! 5 stars
12/02/01 The Bomb 69 all over the place, some funny some annoying 3 stars
11/28/01 seldom scene this is no swingers this is stinkers!!!!!! 1 stars
10/11/01 Garrett Cain Annoyed me so much that I had to laugh. 4 stars
10/11/01 Catherine Schneider Better Than Swingers 4 stars
10/11/01 Katie witty and hilarious 4 stars
10/08/01 Mark Davidson A complete mess and total disappointment -- especially after the greatness of Swingers! 2 stars
10/08/01 Jonathan Peters the character acting was to die for 5 stars
9/03/01 KCobain I can't wait to see it again. It sort of grows on you. 5 stars
9/03/01 Butterbean Vaughn's big mouth and big forehead made the movie. 4 stars
8/20/01 Michael A. Not a home run, but a solid double. V V dominated,I enjoyed the milieu and support players. 4 stars
8/20/01 Rob Never saw Swingers, but thought this was hilarious! 4 stars
8/19/01 Boomshanka Favreau is a one trick pony. And a bad actor. 2 stars
8/15/01 FrayLo i loved swingers. I wanted to hit vince vaughn with a crowbar. Still a decent movie. 4 stars
8/15/01 Jake Loved it. Vaughn was hilarious. 5 stars
8/10/01 malcolm i wanted to whack Vaugh myself after about 20 mins. Puffy was OK, surprisingly 3 stars
7/28/01 Suzz Easily one half of this film is completely boring and uninvolving. I began looking at my 3 stars
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