Directed By: F. Gary Gray
(Director of The Italian Job
Starring: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Danny DeVito, Vince Vaughn, Robert Pastorelli... and more people than I have room to mention
Rating: **** 1/2* out of 5
This movie just made playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon a lot less of a challenge...
Wow, where to start? This was possibly the funniest thing I've seen since Blue Colar Comedy Tour
and Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again
, and one of the most intelligent stupid movies ever. Sequel to Get Shorty
, this movie probably has hidden jokes that would make sense had I seen the first one, but stands on its own rather well. The first line? "I hate sequels." I generally don't try to think of these movies in terms of just how good they are, they're not meant to be films or cinema, but this one truly deserved the four and a half out of five stars I've given it. THe plot can get a little convoluted, hard to coherently explain that is, but the acting was absolutely amazing.
John Travolta reprises his role as Chili Palmer, an ex-gangster turned movie producer, on the streets of California looking for his "next big hit", but in the music business instead of movies. He's sick of the movies-- "You know that in order to keep a PG-13 rating, you can only use the word 'fuck' once?" and is looking to get out and in to movies. His friend Tommy Athens (briefly and wonderfully portrayed by James Woods) asks him for coffee and to produce a movie about his (Tommy's) life. In the midst of a discussion about the pointlessness of such a task, Chili gets up to go to the men's, leaving Tommy to death by Russian mafia.
Christina Milian (singer of "Dip It Low") makes a stunning screen appearance (granted I haven't seen Man Of The House
, but just about her debut to me) as Linda Moon, a struggling singer with soul and jazz roots discovered by Tommy and rescued by Chili from a skeezy club where her manager Raji (Vince Vaughn) and his bodyguard Eliot (The Rock) watch to make sure she doesn't get stolen away.( Hilarity ensuesCollapse )
Granted that's not my most coherent movie review ever, but I'll leave it that I'm still just laughing so hard I can't even begin to explain what made this so funny. The only problem with the movie was that the end wrapped up a little too quickly to be as neat as it was. 118 minutes left it just short of two hours, so I appreciate that they wrapped it up, but it was a little too easy. It keeps the extra half star, though, because it wasn't sloppy and they threw in a few more awesome cameos.
Good times and great laughs, a fabulous Saturday night movie that kept me laughing so hard I almost peed a little.