WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Larry Gigli (pronounced Affleck) is a hood who performs various services for the mob. When assigned to kidnap a brain-damaged kid for ransom, his employer has someone assist Larry in his endeavor Ė J-Lo. Chris Walken and Al Pacino also join the festivitiesÖ
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This movie is presently ranked third worst all-time on the internet movie database (IMDB). Relax people...itís not that bad! Besides, there are at least half a dozen Drew Barrymore movies that should come before that. What I noticed most about GIGLI is not so much that itís bad, but that itís uneventful more than anything else. I even found Jennifer and Benís characters somewhat endearing (and Iím far from being a fan of J-Lo). The brain-damaged kid, Brian, was also very well portrayed by actor Justin Bartha and attracted a lot of sympathy from me as well as inciting the most chuckles with his random cursing. Chris Walken also delivered some great yuks in his lone scene while Pacino shouted as well as he did in his last Martin Brest picture: SCENT OF A WOMAN. So, the characters were relatively fun, the score stood out at times and the script had a couple of laughs, but in the end, itís just a series of 'blah' moments between Affleck & Lopez, discussing some truths, myths and what-nots about relationships, life and happiness.
Thatís all fine and dandy, but it wasnít nearly enlightening or satisfying enough to warrant this movie ever getting made. If (like me) youíve heard all the horrid things about this film, then chances are youíll feel somewhat disappointed that it wasnít the colossal disaster our planet made it out to be. Iím a little surprised Marty Brest is behind it though, having directed BEVERLY HILLS COP, MIDNIGHT RUN, SCENT OF A WOMAN and MEET JOE BLACK (yes, I liked Joe Black), itís surprising he wrote this wholly uninspired script and chose to make it his next project. Bah, who cares, itís made now and in time...itíll be forgotten. Shucks, MAID IN MANHATTAN was not only bad, it was criminally predictable and boring. GIGLI at least isnít boring. It just sits there like your cat staring at you until you play with it. After you play with it, youíll forget about it and move on with your life. GIGLI is just like your cat, except less funny, energetic and furry. Good name for a cat thoughÖ
GIGLI will bring nothing new to your life, yet wonít take anything away either. This movie, in the end, cancels itself out. Donít buy it, but feel free to watch it if only someone else rented it, itís sitting in your living room and you forgot your brain at the office. I donít like admitting this, but Lopez actually looked pretty hot in it too...food for thought.