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Jewish mobsters, country jam samplers, sweet moustaches, low quality knock-off jeans, and one wierd prosthetic pepper a great comedy. The movie introduces, but then quickly abandons the cliche'd plot device of the "need-some-money-before-next-Tuesday-clock". Instead it drives itself with the relationships, bent and wierd, but perceivable as real, between the characters. (Unlike the writing that drags around most of the lame-o comedies you see today.)
Sam Rockwell is quietly assembling an impressive body of work. Take a look at this one and you can say stuff like "I was way into Sam Rockwell's early stuff a long time ago." and Steve Zahn remains hilarious even though he's the straight-man in this one. Paul Giamatti turns in another great effort, one of the many that have turned him from a borderline character actor into award winning leading man material. They play off of each other and the rest of the cast perfectly.
The story has pretty wide appeal and I haven't run across anyone who hasn't enjoyed it, from my quasi-yuppy sister to my sports nut drinking buddies. Great for a date night, or just when you feel like watching something surprisingly warm, funny, wierd, and good. For comparison, its in that low-budget gem territory occupied by "Bottle Rocket" or "Napolean Dynamite".
It's a crime that this thing didn't do better, expecially when you see repetitive "funny wig-and-voice" crap coming from the SNL vets making millions. Take a chance. You will laugh more than you did at Goldmember, smile almost constantly, and feel great when it all wraps up. Definitely needs a DVD release, and maybe a couple of showings on Comedy Central to prime the pump.
The movie shares many similarities to Bottle Rocket - it is a starting ground that features a cast of newcomers who have since gone on to become extremely succesful, the dialogue features incredible one liners and wit that will linger with you long after the closing credits, and the soundtrack is unique and particular.
Much of Safe Men's testimony to greatness comes from the fact that it was a sort of starting ground for numerous folks - the cast today would read like an ensemble cast - Mark Ruffalo, Paul Giamatti, Steve Zahn, Sam Rockwell, Michael Lerner, Harvey Fierstein, Peter Dinklage, and Josh Pais. Not to mention the director - John Hamburg - who has gone on to write and direct many Ben Stiller projects.
As for the DVD, the transfer is surprisingly good. The colors and images are well presented and the overall look is very clean. It's not a showpiece, but I've seen much worse. The commentary is decent but it is more nostalgic than enlightening. Much of it is the cast and crew laughing at themselves and saying "Oh, remember that! We were laughing so hard!" However, die hard fans will get something out of it.Read more ›
Hopefully the high profile "Confessions" will lead to this film's DVD release. For now, we fans will comprise a secret club. . . "nice 'stache, bro."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie, is hilarious. I watch it all the time. Funny cast, weird characters. Sam Rockwell is hilarious.Published 2 months ago by D. Thomas
I hated this movie so bad, i threw it down the trash shoot of my apt building !!!!Published 11 months ago by goodbuddy4fun1
Safe Men is easily in my top 5. It's so quirky and bizarre and human and slapstick all at the same time -- that, plus the incredible cast and phenomenal quotables make this one of... Read morePublished 15 months ago by dronen
Did not like the movie. It went straight to the used store
I purchased it because I like Sam Rockwell and it was only a few cents at least I didn't waste a lot of money
This is an awesome movie from mid-90's with stars of today before they were big. Not sure how well it did in the theaters, but it's got so many one-liners, you have to watch it... Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Don Holstein
GReat movie. Giving it as a gift. I think more movies should be made that are wholesome and have true meaning. Very funny.Published on December 13, 2013 by Commando Big
I searched out this movie after it appeared on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 Best Movies You've Never Seen. Read morePublished on August 28, 2013 by Lisa Garvin