Knockaround Guys (2001)
Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 99
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 79
Well-acted, but it's too derivative.
Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 23
Well-acted, but it's too derivative.
Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 39,343
A big score goes wrong in a big way for a bunch of aspiring gangsters in this crime comedy. Matty Demaret (Barry Pepper) is the son of a mid-level Brooklyn mob boss, Benny "Chains" Demaret (Dennis Hopper). When Matty was 12 years old, Benny and Uncle Teddy (John Malkovich) decided to see if Matty had what it took to be in the mob; they gave the boy a gun and ordered him to shoot a longtime enemy of the family. Matty lacked the nerve to do it, and ever since, Benny has been convinced his son is a
Oct 11, 2002 Wide
Feb 25, 2003
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This heist flick about young Brooklyn hoods is off the shelf after two years to capitalize on the popularity of Vin Diesel, Seth Green and Barry Pepper. It should have stayed there.
Perhaps if co-directors David Levien and Brian Koppelman had spent more time devising a coherent vision for the film, we would not have felt as knocked around after watching it.
We know the plot's a little crazy, but it held my interest from start to finish.
Will only satisfy those who can't tell the difference between the good, the bad and the ugly.
No less stale than the many derivative crime thrillers that flood the direct-to-video market.
What sounds like a formula for freakish violence and a torrent of incessant expletives is in fact a stylish mobster film that stands out due to some very inventive casting.
Even the top ensemble case of Knockaround Guys, headed by the ever-remarkable John Malkovich and charismatic Vin Diesel, can't jump the brick wall that the script hits in the last 20 minutes.
Diesel is excellent as a compassionate pre-XXX tough guy (the film has been on the shelf for nearly two years).
Knockaround Guys just doesn't deserve to get made, either literally or figuratively, and isn't worth the time needed to discover that this particular up-and-comer is yesterday's news.
Borrowing heavily from leftfield genre spin-offs like True Romance, it's no wonder this misfire was on the shelves for so long.
The dialogue is almost a bit too conscious of its own wittiness and street-tough colloquialisms.
Putting the faces of hot young stars on the same old parts doesn't make the movie any fresher.
O roteiro é interessante, mas se perde no final, com o tiroteio obrigatório.
When the movie mixes the cornpone and the Cosa Nostra, it finds a nice rhythm.
Real gangsters often love gangster films, but it's a safe bet that Knockaround Guys won't be on their all-time hit list.
It's mildly interesting to ponder the peculiar American style of justice that plays out here, but it's so muddled and derivative that few will bother thinking it all through.
Un film au potentiel certain, saboté par les clichés et un montage impatient.
When it comes to Knockaround Guys, the only remotely energetic aspect of the project is the fact that characters occasionally use words with more than two syllables.
The first-time directors previously penned the screenplay Rounders, and while their attention to setting and detail in both films is commendable, their development of character and storyline could stand some improvement.
No better or worse than 'Truth or Consequences, N.M.' or any other interchangeable actioner with imbecilic Mafia toolbags botching a routine assignment in a Western backwater.
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