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About the Movie
Jerry Welbach (Brad Pitt) is a low-level Mafia "mechanic" whose ineptitude is countered by frequent (but unpredictable) bursts of dumb luck. Jerry's girlfriend Samantha (Julia Roberts) wants him to get out of the business, and after his latest blunder lands capo Arnold Margolese (Gene Hackman) in jail, so does mid-level crime kingpin Bernie Nayman (Bob Balaban). But Bernie insists that Jerry do one last errand for the mob before they let him find employment elsewhere — he has to go to Mexico and recover a rare and very valuable pistol, which is said to be cursed. While Samantha objects to Jerry taking the assignment, he isn't in much of a position to argue; Jerry heads south of the border, while Samantha, in a huff, sets out for Las Vegas. Once in Mexico, Jerry finds the pistol easily enough, but making his way back to the States proves to be an unexpected challenge. Meanwhile, Jerry's superiors want insurance that he'll return with the goods, so they hire Leroy (James Gandolfini), a hitman, to kidnap Samantha and hold her hostage until Jerry comes back.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 129
- Fresh: 72
- Rotten: 57
- Average Rating: 5.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: An amiable reminder that not all screen laughter has to spring from gross-out sight gags involving bodily orifices, appendages and effluvia.
Rotten: Promises a road movie of blissful comic romance and delivers a series of dramatic dead ends.
Rotten: It's tough to believe anyone could read this script and fail to realize the movie wouldn't end up going anywhere.
Fresh: This is not your typical star vehicle.
I really like this film! It's not a great movie but is a lot of fun to watch, and the story is really interesting in a quirky way. I think all the characters are very well done. James Gandolfini has a lot more in him than menacing thugs it seems; Bob Balaban more than holds his own as a villain (not bad, in the company of Tony Soprano); The hitchiker, Gene Hakman, the mexican mob, Brads partner all play well, and Brad pitt and Julia Roberts are an adorable couple. The peasant wedding montage adds real texture. Strongly recommended, good entertainment. I bought it.
Julia stills makes me want to barf.
This is the worst movie I watched all the way through. I just kept hoping it would get better. It didn't.
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 2001
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