Gigli (Cameo Appearance)
From director Martin Brest (Scent
of a Woman, Midnight Run) comes Gigli, an unconventional romantic comedy starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. When low-level
hood Larry Gigli (Affleck) is given an assignment that gets him in way over his head, Ricki (Lopez), a gorgeous free spirited
female enforcer is sent in to assist him. Gigli finds himself falling for the unavailable Ricki and goes to great lengths
to win her affection. Yet the harder she resists him, the stronger their connection becomes.
**synopsis from Sony Pictures.com
Affleck plays Larry Gigli, rhymes with "Geely," and one wonders, learning that they rejected several
earlier titles for the movie, which ones could have been worse than this. He's an errand boy for a tough-talking Los Angeles
mobster named Louis (Lenny Venito). Louis wants to do a favor for a New York mob boss, Starkman (Al Pacino), and orders Gigli
to kidnap the mentally retarded brother of a federal prosecutor.
Larry Gigli: Mr. Starkman...
Starkman: I KNOW MY FUCKIN' NAME.
You piece of shit. You don't try to extort a Federal-fuckin'-Prosecutor. And if you do, YOU DON'T FUCK AROUND.
Starkman: What do you morons think, that this is little Italy?
Wake up! THIS IS THE TWENTY-FUCKIN'-FIRST CENTURY!
Lopez and Affleck are sweet and appealing in their performances; the buzz said they didn't have
chemistry, but the buzz was wrong. What they don't have is conviction. There is no way these two are killers for the mob.
They don't have the disposition for it. And consider this: If you had kidnapped the highly recognizable Rain Man brother of
a top federal prosecutor, would you drive him all over Los Angeles in a convertible with the top down, and take him to restaurants
and malls? So the crime plot is completely unconvincing. It does, however, open the door for the movie's collection of inspired
Christopher Walken, as a cop who knows Gigli, walks into his apartment and does five minutes of
Walkenizing and the audience eats up every second.
...then toward the end, Starkman, the mob boss from New York, arrives, and is played in a cameo
by Al Pacino--who makes the journey from extravagant dopiness to chilling intimidation faster and better than anyone else
I can think of.
"...so now, things are bad..." (Starkman)
Starkman: Louis, you wanna go to medical school?
Louis: Medical school?
Starkman: Yeah! Students there can always use something to learn on!
The ending especially doesn't work, and what's worse, it doesn't work for a long time, because it
fails to work for minute after minute, and includes dialogue which is almost entirely unnecessary. But there is good stuff
Affleck and Lopez create lovely characters, even if they're not the ones they're allegedly playing,
and the supporting performances and a lot of the dialogue is wonderful. It's just that there's too much time between the good
scenes. Too much repetitive dialogue. Too many soulful looks.
I wonder what would happen if you sweated
15 minutes out of this movie. Maybe it would work. The materials are there.
*Except for the synopsis, the above text
was taken in excerpts from Gigli review by Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun Times, dated August 1, 2003
from the Internet Movie Database site. (IMDB.com)
***Site owner's comments: Although reviews clearly state this movie's
demise; it is in our best opinion that we say, see it for yourself. Personally, we found it quite "entertaining"
ESPECIALLY Al's scenes! (what'd you expect?)
~J. Krudop & I. Frank