Review Date: August 23, 2000
Director: Michael Dinner
Writer: Barry Fanaro
Producers: B. Sonnenfeld, B. Josephson
But most of the humor in the film is just too sporadic and weak. I was waiting to laugh, but the laughs did not come, as the film involved itself in way too many shenanigans and characters. There was no real need to put in a shmaltzy "dad looking for his long-lost daughter" side-story (that's another movie, fellas!) and waste more time with a couple of cops bickering about the mistakes that were made in their past relationship. The film is called THE CREW and I wished the filmmakers had stuck more with them, and tried to make the script funnier and tighter for the audience. But enough wishing! For what it was, the film did have a nice feel, some groovy "old school" tunes, solid performances from the top four, some funny jokes, plenty of cool camera tricks, and enough GOODFELLAS references to put a smile on my face (see below for specifics). On the downside, the film didn't live up to its potential, slowed down at several points and didn't provide enough "funny" for the money. In the end, I would say that this is the perfect "video movie" for those who appreciate the gangster genre, want to see Jennifer's Tillies as a stripper and enjoy easy-going humor. In fact, the older generation will more than likely enjoy this one more than the rest of us, since many of the jokes are somewhat generational. And with the success of SPACE COWBOYS, who knows...this might just be the perfect timing!