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Jon Favreau wrote the script and directed the movie with an eye for detail. Both seem more interested with character development rather than plot but that in no way harms the movie. Extras include a couple short documetaires, and a bunch or deleted scenes and outtakes that are worth price of admission alone. The commentary track is a gem with Jon and Vince having a video chalkboard discussion of the film with the executive producer Peter Billingsly "sitting on the couch."
This isn't the type of comedy that offers the obvious laughs or a "wacky" finale. There are no "zany" gimmicks or an over-the-top plot. The movie relies on the tone, which is very subtle and has great timing. The characters are real because they are written that way. While it may be hard to believe that any mob boss would give these two guys a job, we're able to buy it because it's written and structured in a very realistic manner. This is probably why the film isn't overly popular with many folks, but that's fine by me. I really enjoyed myself when I watched this, and even had a better time watching it the second time. Jon Favreau is great in his role, as he knows that he's not the showstopper and has to make sure that he's subtle and mostly quiet--that is, unless he's arguing with his buddy. Vince Vaughn is the definite showstopper, and you can tell that he has a lot of fun with the role. He plays it perfectly, and I'm convinced that nobody else could pull off such a stunt.Read more ›
As I said, watching this film will undoubtedly make you a Vince Vaughn fan. He's either a truly superb actor with impeccable comedic timing or a natural idiot--I'm hoping for the former. Vaughn makes this movie. He is the reason all five stars are there, because everything to come out of his mouth--even everything that DOESN'T come out of his mouth, from his imbecilic stuttering--verifies the brilliance of the actor.
Beyond Vaughn, however, is a brilliant script that, despite the faults in plot, is extremely entertaining and that repeatedly introduces quirky characters that are entertaining (ie. P. Diddy typecast, and Screech--yes, Screech; you have to see it to believe it!). Much like the past Favreau/Vaughn effort Swingers, they must be applauded for skirting the typical preachy climax that most other films succumb to, though Swingers admittedly better displayed character development. Made, on the other hand packs what I consider to be a greater emotional punch that is both unexpected and appropriate.
And still the film remains utterly hilarious from start to finish--from Favreau's script, yes, but Vaughn will take most of the attention.Read more ›
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I would give it 3.5 out of 5 but there is no half stars for these ratings. My lady did not enjoy the movie. It's more of a guy movie. Read morePublished 5 months ago by R. Avila
I loathe this movie. Two guys talking nonsense. Some of the worst writing I've experienced. I didn't even finish it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joseph L. Burke
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