Starring: Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow, Chazz Palminteri
Directed by: Harold Ramis
Produced by: Village Roadshow Productions, Tribeca Productions
Distributed by: Warner Bros.
|B B B|
|Review by Xibo
||Date seen: March 7, 1999|
|Viewing Location: Secaucus
|Summary: "The Sopranos" is better.|
|Robert DeNiro and Billy Crystal star in this offbeat, half-hearted comedy
about a mafia boss that suffers from nervous breakdowns and seeks the therapy
of a psychiatrist. I'll let you guess who plays which. There's lots of funny
scenes, but at times it does get a little repetitive and strained. DeNiro
has been going downhill since "Heat"; hopefully he gets back ontrack with a
more serious role in the near future. Crystal, as always, is lightly humorous.
|D+ D+ D+|
|Review by Finrod
||Date seen: May 8, 1999|
|Viewing Location: California, on a business trip
|Summary: Cliches and bad humor ahoy|
|I was on a business trip with coworkers, and this was the movie they wanted to see.
In a word: yuck.
This movie had every bad joke about mobsters and psychiatrists that has ever been told, and just in case they didn't have enough, they made up a few new ones just to be sure. The only part of the movie I laughed at was when Billy Crystal after spending too much time with DeNiro's character is counseling an elderly couple about their sex life. Otherwise it was just painful. At least I know to avoid the sequel.
|B+ B+ B+|
|Review by smeehrrr
||Date seen: April 12, 2000|
|Viewing Location: The Evil Empire
|Summary: It made me laugh|
|Robert De Niro doesn't so enough comedy, if you ask me. Here he parodies himself in any of his myriad gangster roles, and does it to great effect. Billy Crystal plays Billy Crystal. There's lots of fat Italian guys, and many of them have funny lines. Chazz Palminteri is there, and he's good as usual.|
Xibo's right, though, The Sopranos is better. Totally different, but better.
|A- A- A-|
|Review by Z
||Date seen: December 14, 2000|
|Summary: hilarious sendup of mob movies|
|Definitely not your usual mob movie. Ham is the name of the game
here, and ham is on display in copious amounts. Oddly, the ham
works quite well. Seeing Billy Crystal attempt to be a mob boss
has got to be the best 'fish out of water' moment in the movies
this year. |
"I should put quotes here."