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From: Nick A
Category: Films
Date: 10 April 2001

Review

Why I purchased this I will never know. Perhaps it was because it was on a 5 for 30 offer at Virgin and I could only get 4. This is an appaling attempt at film making. The premise would at first seem quite amusing "A gangster consults a psychiatrist about problems he is having in his life" add to this De Niro and you might have the beginings of a not too bad film. Add to this Billy Crystal and things begin to take a down turn. Then turn the gangster character into a whimpering fuzzball of confused emotions and you have a truly, truly bad film. Admittedly this is from the genius who gave Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters (Harold Ramis), but I really think he's going out on a limb on this one. What...what is this? De Niro desperately tries to do something with what he has at the start of the film taking some of the characterisation from Jimmy in Goodfellas, the downward turn of the mouth at the corners is the same, the whimpering tearful expression is an exaggerated Jimmy, but then he eventually realises that he has become involved in a piece of shit movie and no longer has the heart to perform properly. He barely manages to see it through to the end. As for Billy Crystal - well he loves this shit. His annoying, whinning accent nearly perforated my eardrum! How does he get away with this? On the upside it does have a few moments of hilarity, but these are few and far between. I'm sorry guys, but this is just not funny.

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