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Safe Men (1998)

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A case of mistaken identity forces a pair of lounge singers to pose as safecrackers in this farce. Sam (Sam Rockwell) and Eddie (Steve Zahn) are hapless musicians; Frank (Mark Ruffalo) and Mitchell (Josh Pais) are expert safecrackers. But when local Jewish gangster Big Fat Bernie Gayle (Michael Lerner) dispatches his henchman, Veal Chop (Paul Giamatti), to trick the safecrackers into service, the hapless Veal Chop can't tell the difference. In the end, Sam and Eddie are forced to go along with

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Action & Adventure, Comedy

John Hamburg

Aug 15, 2006

Universal Pictures

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...it's difficult not to ultimately be won over by the uniformly superb performances and Hamburg's emphasis on thoroughly strange bits of comedy.

September 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Technically raw and narratively bumpy, this high-concept comedy has all the merits and weaknesses of an amateurish indie. Illustrious cast, headed by Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn, Michael Lerner, and Harvey Fierstein, does its best but it ain't enough.

August 16, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Novel and vivaciously performed.

September 18, 2002
Moviehole

Safe Men frequently excels in its little touches while failing in the long run to generate much excitement.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Safe Men

Eddie: Sam this man is in the mafia, he's not going to let us off the hook if we give him a fucking basket of sundry goods
Sam: Oh, but he's in the Jewish mafia, I'm sure that's more of like a club than a criminal organization

An overall charming film that is very flawed do to its style, but the great cast and moments of inspired hilarity make it all worth it.

Sam Rockwell and Steve Zahn play unsuccessful singers mistaken for two expert safe crackers (actually played by Mark Ruffalo and Josh Pais). They are forcefully brought in by a mobster, Veal Chop played by Paul Giamatti, and forced to pull a number of safe cracking jobs for Jewish mob boss, Big Fat Bernie Gayle played by Michael Lerner (who seems like he's going to have a heart attack in every scene). During this time, Rockwell's character falls in love with the daughter of one of the men who is supposed to be being robbed by them.

There is a lot of plot, but its not really confusing because the movie exists in a world that is way to quirky for its own good. Sure its a comedy, but the way the people exist in this world is way to precious. The conversations walk a very fine line between being funny and going overboard in stylization.

All of this being said, the cast is quite good. Rockwell, always solid, plays the awkward lead very well. Zahn is a bit dialed down from other, funnier characters he has played. Giamatti was probably my favorite character in this movie, as he actually had some layers. Ruffalo plays a lovable loser type, despite being a crook with emotional problems. Then you have Harvey Fierstein in a movie where he doesn't play an openly gay man.

Its a very lighthearted crime comedy that certainly means well and scores few originality points, but pushes its charm way to hard to be better.

Sam: Sweet 'stache.
Frank: Thanks, bro.
June 11, 2009
DrZeek

Super Reviewer

Despite all of the "blah" moments that it has, "Safe Men" is charming - in a mentally-ill sort of way. There will be parts of it that you'll like, parts of it that you won't, and parts of it where you'll laugh your ass off.
November 29, 2011
Stephen Earnest

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