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movie reviewvideo review out of 4 Movie Review: Gigli

Starring: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez
Director: Martin Brest
Rated: R
RunTime: 100 Minutes
Release Date: August 2003
Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama

*Also starring: Christopher Walken, Al Pacino, Justin Bartha, Terry Camilleri, Missy Crider, Alex Fatovich, Shelby Fenner, Jenna Fischer, Brian Sites, David Pressman

Review by Steve Rhodes
½ star out of 4

GIGLI rhymes with really, as in really, really bad. Critic Joe Morgenstern called GIGLI, "the worst allegedly major movie -- of our admittedly young century." Well, I'm here to tell you that it's not quite that bad, even if it's close. FREDDIE GOT FINGERED already has the worst movie of the century slot all locked up.

The movie pairs real-life lovers, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, as Larry Gigli and Ricki. Larry, a self-described "Sultan of slick," is a really bad muscleman for the mob. Ricki, whose name actually isn't Ricki, is a lesbian who becomes Larry's unwanted partner in crime. They are babysitting a mentally handicapped kid that Larry has kidnapped. The movie's script stoops to abuse of the handicapped as one way to try to get some laughs.

J. Lo has a history of making good film choices, but Affleck has made several stupid moves with his worst one before GIGLI being a stint as a superhero in DAREDEVIL. Even the ever-reliable Christopher Walken gives a truly miserable performance in GIGLI.

From the very start the movie flatlines like a heart monitor on a dead man. And it never improves.

GIGLI runs a very long 2:04. It is rated R for "sexual content, pervasive language and brief strong violence" and would be acceptable for teenagers.

Copyright 2003 Steve Rhodes

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