happens when you put two “Stooge” like friends into a job for the local
American-Italian Mafia. Absolute pandemonium of course. This is what happens
when two of Americas biggest “goof ups” friends are sent on a mission to New
York as Mafia wheelers and dealers.
Bobby(Jon Favreau) and Ricky (Vince Vaughn) are called in by the local big-
shot mafia man Max (Peter Falk) who assigns them on a mission to do a “drop”
in down town New York. Little does Max know but these guys are like a room
full of gas with a faulty power cable. There is no telling what might
happen. Bobby is pressured into the job to do the right thing by his
girlfriend Jessica (Famke Janssen) so he can earn some money to put towards
settling down. His usual job as builder is foiled when their new recruit
Ricky starts yakking on the cell phone in the middle of a shift. Ricky the
big-mouthed, fast talking, fool seems to foul up everything that the duo
attempts to do. Soon Bobby and Ricky are on their way to New York and this is
when the parody of fights and arguments unfolds.
Rickie’s character can be summed up when you see him travelling with Bobby in
the early opening credits. Ricky lights a cigarette by lighting a whole box
on fire and then throws it out the window, right in front of a sign displaying
that tossing out cigarettes is against the law. This and many other comical
moments are a dime a dozen in this hilarious comedy.
is hardly a dull moment to be mentioned from this film. The comical Hijinks
that these two get up to, is a great laugh and was enjoyed heartily by this
reviewer. Just watch the scene when they are on the plane on their way to New
York. It is obvious that Ricky has never travelled by air before and does not
know the custom of flight and only has is mental movie resource to guide him
in what to do. What ensues when Ricky constantly calls the air hostess for
attention, asking “What sort of Action do you want from me to deal with these
drinks of champagne”. The hostess promptly threatens to kick the two men out
and have security take care of them on the other end of the trip.
only slightly annoying part was when Max the Mafia head honcho speaks. His
croaky Ameri-italian accent is hard to understand and you may find rewinding
and replaying a common occurrence. The character that he (Peter Falk) is done
well but it is only this slight shortcoming that the viewer has to see. It
would not matter so much if what he had to say was not so important, but as it
stands, is one of most pivotal parts of the film.
crucial part of a comedy is a punchy script and this film does swing and
connect in this regard. The script is written by Jon Vaughn and you can see
he has worked hard to make some of this the best dialogue that I have
witnessed in an American movie. One delightful part is when Ricky puts his
foot in it bigtime when he says to the Scottish man “Tommy” after being told
not to say the mans codename “I hear you are the red dragon” Tommy reels and
says “No the name is Tommy” more of the same follows which ends up with Ricky
falling into some deep trouble. “You are like a bull in a China shop, man”.
These are all just snapshots of a cleverly written script.
special features on this dvd include a whole host of features that are great
to see. There is two documentaries which show the creative process and the
way the producers make the cinematography. The director of photography Chris
doyle is shown to be in artistic control of how the movie is shot. There is
also a bit about the previous movie “Swingers” which also starred Jon Favreau
and Vince Vaughn. This was the foundation of the support for this film. From
this funding complexity in the locales to be filmed, the star actors are
provided, to create a more cohesive and complete viewing experience.
movie comes highly recommended if you are a fan of swingers but also is
compelling viewing for anyone who appreciates good comedy. With
aforementioned script and cinematography shot by acclaimed artistic talent of
Chris Doyle, shows how an excellent movie can be “MADE”.
- Scene Selection
- Deleted Scenes
Cast & Crew Information
- 3 Documentaries
- Interactive Menus
English Subtitles for the hard of hearing