The Guys (2003)
Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 62
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 17
A moving tribute.
Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 8
A moving tribute.
Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 1,303
Adapted from a stage play by Anne Nelson, a drama centering on a slice of the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy. Nick, a fire captain, who lost eight men in the collapse of the World Trade Center, enlists help from an editor, Joan, to prepare their eulogies. Nick builds a relationship with Joan, who helps him put together the difficult, heartfelt speeches that he must deliver with honor, humor and poise--all the while, navigating his way through his own emotional response.
Apr 25, 2003 Limited
Sep 9, 2003
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A well-intentioned misfire that doesn't work in the way it intended.
Weaver, LaPaglia and director Simpson have little problem keeping us involved as they grapple with conflicting feelings in the ways nearly all Americans did.
One of those rare and exemplary motion pictures that is likely to make audiences of strangers want to hold hands.
If anyone needs reminding of those profound post-9/11 feelings, now or later, The Guys will be there to do it.
Very well acted performances from Sigourney Weaver and Anthony Lapaglia, the excellent screenplay, and fluid hazy direction make this a hidden masterpiece.
The occasional intercut of fire department surveillance camera footage isn't exactly making the most of the cinema medium.
The Guys accurately reflects all the helplessness and directionless determination of those unreal days.
If you want an idea of what New York was like in the immediate days after 9/11, here you go.
[An example of our instinct to] moderate collective tragedies into easily-digested cud for bovine mastication on the Oprah show.
Besides the fact that it's about 9/11, it's also an effective film because you learn something about the lives of the firemen who are willing to lay down their lives for our safety, which was true long before the year 2001
What makes the movie work - to an admittedly limited extent - is the commitment of two genuinely engaging performers. Weaver and LaPaglia are both excellent, in the kind of low-key way that allows us to forget that they are actually movie folk.
Stands as a document of what it felt like to be a New Yorker -- or, really, to be a human being -- in the weeks after 9/11.
Simply and eloquently articulates the tangled feelings of particular New Yorkers deeply touched by an unprecedented tragedy.
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