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Overall Rating
3.03

Awesome: 14.06%
Worth A Look: 18.75%
Average37.5%
Pretty Bad: 15.63%
Total Crap: 14.06%

5 reviews, 34 user ratings


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by Thom

"A reluctant gangster makes good"
3 stars

Bobby (Vince Vaughn) and Ricky (Jon Favreau) are probably the worst boxers ever to enter a ring. Their so-called boxing career is cut short when Ricky is conscripted by mob boss, Max (Peter Falk, aka Columbo) into a money laundering job. Bobby's arrogance, thick-headedness and plain stupidity cause trouble from beginning to end. Ricky's devotion to his friend's well being is a testament to his character as well as Bobby's saving grace.

Vaughn's character is maddening. And very funny. He is told not to get drunk while on the job so he drinks constantly. He is given 1500 dollars to last for an indefinite period of time and he blows it all in one night. If it wasn't for Ricky, Bobby wouldn't even have his job sweeping up at mob affiliated construction sites. It turns out Bobby does have a sweetness to his character but you have to wait for it. Bobby comes off as loveable because he's played by Vaughn. He can't do anything wrong when he's on screen. As long as he's smiling, the world around him melts away. Bobby likes to tell jokes about fags but because Vaughn is such a fence-sitter the jokes come off as ironic more than homophobic. At the end, Bobby and Ricky end up living together and acting like an old married couple. It's very cute.

Puff Daddy, in a surprise role, plays a gang leader. He plays the part well. It's like he's really acting and not just portraying an exaggeration of his already exaggeration public image. Famke Janssen plays Ricky's girlfriend, Jessica, a stripper who proves herself to not be worth the attention that Ricky lavishes on her.

Seeing the streets of Manhattan made me a little homesick. For a gangster flick, its short on action, short on testosterone and short on evil gangsters. It's really a sweet story about a guy who is trying to make everyone else's life better in the only way that he has available to him. Jon Favreau is the charming hero who plays the straight guy to Vaughns fuck up friend who you end up liking in spite of yourself.

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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
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  13-Jul-2001 (R)

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Australia
  28-Feb-2002 (M)




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