With Friends Like These (1998)
Average Rating: 5.4/10
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Average Rating: 4.7/10
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Average Rating: 2.9/5
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Life among insecure, middle-aged character actors, former New Yorkers in L.A., is the main plot focus of this Philip Frank Messina comedy about four friends who want the same role in the next Martin Scorsese gangster flick. Balding Johnny DiMartino (Robert Costanzo) is so excited by the news of a possible part as Al Capone in a Scorsese film that he informs ladies' man Dorian Masstandrea (Jon Tenney), who cheats on his wife Samantha (Elle Macpherson). Dorian immediately makes moves to get his
Sep 10, 1998 Wide
Oct 10, 2006
New Line Home Entertainment
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The incessant betrayals and confidences become monotonous after a time, and the film sinks into the familiar swamp of suburban futility.
The movie works as well as it does because the cast knows the material so intimately.
Only sporadically amusing.
At its best, Philip Frank Messina's show business comedy plays like a less acerbic, less Jewish triple episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
The question of why this film is being re-released is superseded by the question of who would want to watch it.
Writer-director Phillip F. Messina's insider comedy about Hollywood almost-rans gives off an air of clammy desperation that feels all too authentic without being especially funny and bogs down early in repetitive shtick.
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