main job is to take his girlfriend, Jess (Janssen), to her various
stripping gigs, but when one of the punters gets fresh and Bobby takes
a pop at him, he finds himself indebted to Peter Falk's grumpy mobster,
with the two central characters knocking seven bells out of each
other in the ring, "Made" follows them as they continue
to batter each other - metaphorically at least - while going to
New York to pick up a package for Max.
the problem with their friendship is... Ricky's a complete idiot.
Clumsy, indiscreet, bolshy, and rude, he's forever dropping Favreau's
hapless nice guy in it, causing them endless problems when the pair
hook up with preening, NYC hood Ruiz (rapper Combs - surprisingly
with "Swingers", Favreau's irresistible screenwriting
debut, the pleasure of "Made" is not so much what happens
as how. Yes, Ricky's a fool, but he's undeniably amusing; yes, Favreau
never convinces as a gangster, but he makes a great straight guy.
"Made" isn't as successful as the actors' previous classic
pairing is probably down to the absence of Doug Liman at the helm.
As writer, producer, director, and star, Favreau has stretched himself
too thin - never managing to set a consistent tone for his debut
behind the camera.
are very funny moments, and some wonderful dialogue, but the film's
self-consciously serious moments sit uncomfortably with the buddy
banter. Vaughn's character, meanwhile, strays from enjoyably imbecilic
to almost-unbearably irritating.
for fans of the mob comedy genre at least, "Made" makes
for an enjoyable diversion between episodes of The Sopranos.
opens in the UK on Friday 25th January 2002.
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