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by Thom

"Wow. I actually liked this"
4 stars

I can't help it, underdog movies just appeal to the deepest part of myself. American Outlaws reportrays Jesse James as an attractive young romantic underdog hero who is both admired and feared. It gets so that people like being robbed by him because of his charm and charisma, they just want to be near the man.

An evil industrialist is using the military to intimidate pioneers in Missouri into giving up their land for the railroad.

Jesse (Colin Farrel) and his brother Frank (Gabrial Macht) just got back from the (civil) war and all they can think about is farming. They weren't planning on having to defend their farms from the Yankee soldiers. Okay, so right off, I'm actually rooting for Confederate underdogs. I don't know why homesteaders in Libety, Missouri were even bothering with the war since they had no real assets to protect. Maybe it was just a matter of pride.

The industrialist, Thaddeus Rains (Harris Yulin) has hired a goon named Pinkerton (Timothy Dalton) to act as his private security emmisary. When Thaddeus allows his hired thugs to torch the town of Liberty, Jesse and Franks mom (Kathy Bates) is killed. Jesse decides to target the railroad by robbing its money being held in banks across Missouri and blowing up the tracks.

Pinkerton is then required to wage a war against the James/Younger gang but Pinkerton admires Jesse for his brute courage and skill as much as he loathes his small-minded, inhuman employer.

Thankfully, director Les Mayfield shied away from macho and went for "new male" so the obligatory romantic sub-plot actually makes the female love interest, Zee (Ali Mimms) more of an equal than a conquest and even gays get a dose of respect when the scene where Frank and Cole (Scott Caan) are joking about the "guy that Cole screwed" who was actually a transvestite didn't demonize the transvestite or Cole but was just laughed about as "one of those things". Its no surprise that bit snuck into the Roderick Taylors screenplay, who was given his entrance into the entertainment world as a recording artist by notoriously homo David Geffen.

There was a passel of bear types at the screening who enjoyed the beefy male bonding as much as I did.

Kathy Bates plays a hilarious "praise the lord and pass the ammunition" homesteader. Lots of cute guys hanging out shirtless and being charming and witty while robbing banks and carrying on, god bless their hearts. We need to see more of Gabriel Macht.

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User Comments

12/29/17 morris campbell boring wanna be western 1 stars
8/14/05 Victoria Marie Celeste What's Farrell doing now? He's cute. That's why I watched. Killed Time. 3 stars
3/30/05 Marjorie I can't say enough good about it. 5 stars
3/17/04 Da Dawg Yes, let's bastardize the great American genre of Westerns! FUN FOR ALL!!! 1 stars
3/07/04 Dan Great Movie 5 stars
2/22/04 sylvia it makes me wont to see more of colin he's hot in this movie 5 stars
11/07/03 eibhlin fennell would never tire of watching it! 4 stars
7/15/03 laura i really liked it! not just because farrel is cute, but because it had some good laughs! 4 stars
6/04/03 Charles Tatum What's next? A movie about that fun lovin' Charles Manson? 1 stars
4/22/03 Mitsaso Although Jesse James seemed to be a Neo-like superhero... 4 stars
12/15/02 Sommersby But THIS was directed by the guy who did "Big Momma's House!? (heh!) 1 stars
12/05/02 Traci I liked this movie!!!! 4 stars
10/07/02 Lisa Bass The movie was great and Gabrial Macht is really hot!! 5 stars
10/03/02 Jen Let me say that Frank James is HOT!! Very do-able 5 stars
9/27/02 kelsey jade I thought it was a great movie with humor and romance plus a super sexy guy(colin farrel)!! 5 stars
7/01/02 Bada Bing Crosby Sucked dog balls; John Wayne is spinning in his grave 1 stars
2/24/02 weezer Loved it! 5 stars
2/07/02 celeste torres I thought it was a good movie. It was very action packed. It never got boring. 5 stars
2/04/02 Jayne AWESOME!!! 5 stars
2/02/02 Rhonda Blankenship Jesse James as charismatic as a wet noodle. Ali Larter WASTED BIG TIME 3 stars
1/21/02 Tasha May Gabrial Macht made this movie worth watching, however the entire cast did a fantastic job. 5 stars
1/21/02 Andrew Carden Whether Or Not You Think Kathy Bates Is Funny W/ A Beard Or Not, This Was Bad. 2 stars
12/29/01 Monday Morning Hey, they can't all be "High Noon". Just sit back and enjoy's fun. 4 stars
10/13/01 Dan A Surprisingly likable 4 stars
8/23/01 Jake Trash. 1 stars
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  17-Aug-2001 (PG-13)
  DVD: 04-Dec-2001



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