Keanu Reeves and Barbara Hershey are fun to look at, but their strange line readings are alienating. Peter Falk's character is supposed to draw everything together, but he only distracts by his odd outfits and blotchy face make up. Many other talented actors in minor parts. I've read the book the movie is based on, and one thing that I remember was that Pedro was anti-Argentine, I think. When this is transposed to Albanians, the racism is defused, since being against Argentines if you're Peruvian is more like being anti-Mexican or anti African American. The movie makes racism into an almost endearing trait, with the albanians being humorless for not being able to take a joke. The film did have a cheerful, sunny quality, and the music by Marsalis and the Neville brothers is beautiful.