Reviewer's Rating 1 out of 5   User Rating 2 out of 5
Gigli (2003)
15 Contains strong language and one instance of strong violence

Ridiculous, obnoxious and astonishingly tedious, Gigli (pronounced Geelee as in really awful) is so unremittingly dreadful it sounds like fun. Until, that is, you actually spend 120 minutes in its presence and realise that having your skin flayed by a potato peeler would be less painful. Not to mention less time-consuming.

Playing a pair of contractors hired by the Mafia to kidnap the mentally-challenged teenage brother (Justin Bartha) of a public prosecutor, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck get to bicker, fight, and (eventually) make out.

Making that other cinematic love-in, Swept Away, look like nothing worse than a momentary lapse of judgement on the part of Madge and Guy, Gigli is two hours of pure dross enlivened only by the inane excesses of the script's forays into la-la-land.

Any movie in which J-Lo plays a lesbian and Affleck seduces her by mooing like a cow can't be all bad, can it? And surely the scene in which Lopez practises her yoga while rhapsodising in explicit detail about the pleasures of her womanhood must be worth a couple of stars for cult value alone?

Well, no, actually. Trading on a few shameless walk-on-walk-off shameos from Christopher Walken and Al Pacino, and the (empty) promise of letting us see what happens between the sheets chez Jen and Ben, Gigli delivers nothing except the unmistakable whiff of an absolute stinker.

In what is by far the movie's best scene, Lopez's lethal lady squares up against a gang of hostile thugs, intimidating them with a story about a martial arts move that enables her to gouge out someone's eyeballs with her thumb, while destroying their visual cortex so that they lose all memory of everything they've seen during the course of their lifetime.

Gigli is so horrendous, you'll start to wonder if such wounds can be successfully self-inflicted in the darkness of the cinema auditorium.

End Credits

Director: Martin Brest, Ben Affleck

Writer: Martin Brest

Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bartha, Christopher Walken, Lenny Venito, Lainie Kazan

Genre: Thriller

Length: 121 minutes

Cinema: 26 September 2003

Country: USA

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