Gigli (2003)

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Critic Consensus: Bizarre and clumsily plotted, Gigli is a mess. As for its stars, Affleck and Lopez lack chemistry.

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Larry Gigli, a lowly hit man in Los Angeles, who is looking to finally score big, lands the perfect "job"--or so he thinks. He is assigned to kidnap Brian, the psychologically challenged younger brother of a powerful federal prosecutor, in order to save his mobster boss from incarceration. Holed-up in his one-bedroom apartment with his kidnap victim Brian, Gigli starts to realize that what he thought would be a routine assignment has become a daunting and unwieldy task. Ricki, a beautiful, independent-minded female gangster, is sent to assist Gigli with the kidnapping--as his boss doesn't have faith that Gigli can carry out the job on his own. But when his feelings for the elusive Ricki begin to grow, and he becomes genuinely concerned for the vulnerable Brian, tough guy Gigli begins to trade in his tough exterior, for a more human, sensitive one--and considering his profession, that could be quite a dangerous path to follow.
Rating:
R (for sexual content, pervasive language and brief strong violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Cast

Ben Affleck
as Larry Gigli
Christopher Walken
as Det. Stanley Jacobellis
Al Pacino
as Starkman
Lainie Kazan
as Mrs. Gigli
Terry Camilleri
as Man in Dryer
Alex Fatovich
as Packing Store Clerk
Peter Van Norden
as Morgue Attendant
Terrance Camilleri
as Man in Dryer
Robert Silver
as Man in Debt
Todd Giebenhain
as High School Kid No. 1
Brian Sites
as High School Kid No. 2
Brian Casey
as High School Kid No. 3
Les Bradford
as High School Kid No. 4
RJ Durell
as Beach Dancer
David Bonfadini
as High School Kid No. 5
Dwight P. Ketchum
as High School Kid No. 6
Shelby Fenner
as Australian Dancer
David Backus
as Laundry Customer
David Pressman
as Assistant Director
Theresa Barbosa-Adams
as Beach Dancer
R.J. Durrell
as Beach Dancer
Nadine Ellis
as Beach Dancer
Samuel Harper
as Beach Dancer
Hunter Hamilton
as Beach Dancer
Zach Hensler
as Beach Dancer
Scott Hislop
as Beach Dancer
Dondraico L. Johnson
as Beach Dancer
Melanie Lewis
as Beach Dancer
Kim McSwain
as Beach Dancer
Ross Mulholland
as Beach Dancer
Brandi Oglesby
as Beach Dancer
Robert Schultz
as Beach Dancer
Matt Sergott
as Beach Dancer
Megan Stephens
as Beach Dancer
Luis Alberto Martinez
as Adult Care Resident
Giggi Thesman
as Beach Dancer
Nikki Tauzon
as Beach Dancer
Robert Vinson
as Beach Dancer
Tara Wilson
as Beach Dancer
Kelly Cooper
as Beach Dancer
Shaun Earl
as Beach Dancer
Samuel Luis Givens
as Beach Dancer
Stacey Harper
as Beach Dancer
Brandon Henschel
as Beach Dancer
Robert Hoffman (X)
as Beach Dancer
Elaine Klimaszewski
as Beach Dancer
Brooke Long
as Beach Dancer
Mark Meismer
as Beach Dancer
Jenni Oborne
as Beach Dancer
Zeke Ruelas
as Beach Dancer
Jenny Seeger
as Beach Dancer
Nikki Tuazon
as Beach Dancer
Jeri Slaughter
as Beach Dancer
Jenny Lynn Suckling
as Beach Dancer
Lisa Thompson
as Beach Dancer
Salvatore Vassallo
as Beach Dancer
Kevin Wilson
as Beach Dancer
Tovaris Wilson
as Beach Dancer
Kevin J. Wilson
as Beach Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Gigli

All Critics (183) | Top Critics (47)

After the schadenfreudian thrill of watching beautiful people humiliate themselves wears off, it has the same annihilating effect on your will to live.

Full Review… | June 17, 2014
Newsweek
Top Critic

More stupefying follies may come, but it's impossible to imagine how they'll beat this one for staggering idiocy, fatuousness or pretension.

Full Review… | June 5, 2013
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Every bit as unwatchable as the deafening negative chatter would suggest.

Full Review… | June 5, 2013
Associated Press
Top Critic

It's hard to tell who this movie was intended for: those who think that a mentally challenged boy singing dirty rap lyrics is cute and funny? Those who find Ben Affleck's brow to be ineffably mysterious? Students of Stoic philosophy looking for a test?

Full Review… | June 5, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Brief but flamboyant cameos by Christopher Walken and Al Pacino helped keep me distracted from the noble intentions and the silliness.

Full Review… | March 6, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Mitigating factors: a carefully curated sampling of J-Lo butt cleavage, and an arrhythmic Christopher Walken cameo which momentarily diverts the doomed ship from collision with the iceberg.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Gigli

It is not one of the worst movies ever made like many people say, but it is interminable, structurally messy and the dialogue can be hideous sometimes, with the biggest problem being Lopez's complete lack of charisma and nonexistent chemistry with Affleck.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Life doesn't play by the rules. Mediocre movie! Overall this is not the `worst film ever made', those who tell you that have clearly have a limited viewing experience; many of the reviews were made harsher by the back lash against the whole Bennifer thing. However that's not to say they are wrong - only overly harsh. The film is poorly judged in almost every aspect and is too hard to enjoy as a result. Has about 3 good moments in it, but it is an overwhelming shambles. Gigli, a lowly and inept hitman, is assigned a job by the mob to kidnap a mentally retarded brother of a California district attorney. Gigli abducts the brother from his mental hospital and holds him hostage in his apartment. Ricki, a "lesbian assassin", is sent to oversee Gigli's job and make sure he doesn't screw it up. Comedic high jinks ensue as the two go on the lam and start to fall in love.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

When Conan O'Brien just has to say the name of your movie to get a big laugh in his opening monologue every night for two months, you know you've screwed up. It was for that exact reason that I set out to watch this flop for the first time since it came out, ten long years ago, and it was so much worse than I could have expected. Usually films that are bad, and feature big stars, at least have a gimmick, maybe some off-color jokes, or have a bloated budget, but there's no reason for this unmitigated tripe. There is no budget, the script is atrocious, and the characters are either one sided, conceited, or plain dumb. The premise alone is staggeringly awful: a very low level mobster (Ben Affleck a gangster? Really?) has to kidnap the brother of a federal prosecutor, who happens to be mentally challenged. That alone should stop you if you are reading the script. He does so with minimal effort, which is strange, because you would think there would be a lot of security for someone so vulnerable. Then waltzes in the other lead, Jennifer Lopez, as a hired gun, who happens to be a lesbian. I will say that at least they represent her as someone who deals with the traps and tribulations of relationships and comes out the other side the same as any hetero, when speaking about her relationship with another woman. Still, her sexuality, which is dealt with right off the bat, is pivoted once she starts hanging around Affleck's character. The mentally challenged character is also handled poorly, as he oftentimes rings his hands wildly and asks to go meet girls at the "Baywatch" time and again. Justin Bartha is in this role, and it baffles me that it doesn't follow him around the same way the others have suffered for this flop. There are some brief cameos from Christopher Walken and Al Pacino that are twenty times more entertaining, but most of this film concerns this strange love story between the goon and the lesbian. They barely leave the apartment, talk to anyone, or do much of anything (if cutting a dead guy's thumb off doesn't count). Most of that doesn't even matter, because the background score for this film is so loud and obnoxious you can't hear the actor's voices over it, which makes this feel as cheap and sleazy as the rest of the movie. It's so pathetically contrived and icky at all times, and not one person can justify to me why this film needed to be made.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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