Number of Times Seen – Twice (Cable in the 90’s and 3 Jun 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A shy detective is given a week with a girl as a gift by a gangster after inadvertently saving his life.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing on cable not long after it came out, yet didn’t remember much about it besides the fact that it has three very talented actors in the ead roles.
Unfortunately, this film’s premise is quite silly and they present things in a very strange way throughout.
The way that the story progresses is at a far too slow pace and that makes things even less engaging for the audience.
This film does have an amazing cast with Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman and Bill Murray in the lead roles, yet none of them are given enough to work with for us to really care about what will happen to them.
The characters have so little chemistry between one another that it also takes so much away from the realism of it all which is a shame.
The truth is that both Murray and De Niro feel very miscast in these roles and that also causes many issues along the way.
The choice to make Murray’s character a gangster and a amateur comedian also doesn’t work especially given the fact that his comedy routines just aren’t funny.
I would have expected Murray to write some of his own material in order to make it funnier.
This film does have a few scenes between De Niro and Thurman that work and help make things a bit more interesting to watch unfold.
Bottom Line – Really strange and silly story that fails to be engaging enough. The cast is great, but none are developed well enough for us to care about them. The chemistry between De Niro, Thurman and Murray is almost non-existent and that hurts things too much. De Niro and Murray also both feel miscast in their particular roles and that also is problematic here. The choice to make a gangster a wanna-be comedian also fails because he isn’t believable in such a role at all since his jokes aren’t very funny. There are a few scenes that actually help this story a bit and they are mostly ones between Thurman and De Niro.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Robert De Niro was initially offered the role of gangster Frank Milo, but he insisted on playing the timid Wayne instead. The mobster part went to Bill Murray. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)
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