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The Mexican

HD   R Closed Captioning

Gore Verbinski

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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: 131
  • Fresh: 72
  • Rotten: 59
  • 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. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: Promises a road movie of blissful comic romance and delivers a series of dramatic dead ends. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Rotten: It's tough to believe anyone could read this script and fail to realize the movie wouldn't end up going anywhere. – Mike Clark, USA Today, Mar 2, 2001

Fresh: This is not your typical star vehicle. – Rita Kempley, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


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.


this movie was really funny and had a good story
p.s. brad doesn't kill Julia

Not bad

Julia stills makes me want to barf.

The Mexican
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2001

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