Knockaround Guys


Knockaround Guys

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Well-acted, but it's too derivative.



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A big score goes wrong in a big way for a bunch of aspiring gangsters in this crime comedy. Matty Demaret (Barry Pepper) is the son of a mid-level Brooklyn mob boss, Benny "Chains" Demaret (Dennis Hopper). When Matty was 12 years old, Benny and Uncle Teddy (John Malkovich) decided to see if Matty had what it took to be in the mob; they gave the boy a gun and ordered him to shoot a longtime enemy of the family. Matty lacked the nerve to do it, and ever since, Benny has been convinced his son is a coward. As an adult, Matty is stuck between a rock and a hard place; he'd like to work as a sports agent, but his family's criminal ties make that all but impossible, and his dad won't give him a chance in the family's operations. Uncle Teddy decides to give Matty a chance to make good by asking him to pick up a payment of $500,000 in Spokane, WA. Matty puts together a crew of three friends, all sons of mob guys, to help him out: muscle bound Taylor (Vin Diesel), ladies' man Chris (Andrew Davoli), and cocaine-addled would-be pilot Johnny (Seth Green). Getting the money goes just fine, but during a refueling stop in Montana, Johnny has to hide the money to keep it from being discovered. It's then promptly stolen by a pair of burnouts. When Matty and his crew discover the money is missing, they head back to Montana, but before long, they find out that the sheriff (Tom Noonan) is onto them, and that he has his own plans for the cash; they also learn that Uncle Teddy has some plans he didn't tell them about. Knockaround Guys marked the directorial debut for the screenwriting team of Brian Koppelman and David Levien.


Barry Pepper
as Matty Demaret
Andrew Davoli
as Chris Scarpa
Seth Green
as Johnny Marbles
Vin Diesel
as Taylor Reese
John Malkovich
as Teddy Deserve
Arthur J. Nascarella
as Billy Clueless
Tom Noonan
as Sheriff Decker
Nicholas Pasco
as Freddy the Watch
Shawn Doyle
as Deputy Ward
Kevin Gage
as Brucker
Dennis Hopper
as Benny Chains
Andrew Francis
as Matty at 13
John Liddle
as Heslep the Barkeep
Ceciley Jenkins
as Claire the Waitress
Jennifer Baxter
as Terri the Waitress
Josh Mostel
as Mac McCreadle
Mike Starr
as Bobby Boulevard
Allan Havey
as Dean the Greenskeeper
Bruce McFee
as Devin the Bartender
Boyd Banks
as Bar Patron
Angela White
as Bernadette the Waitress
Joe Pingue
as Klanderud
Kim Kopyl
as Blonde No. 1
Hayley Verlyn
as Blonde No. 2
Tony Nappo
as Tony the Waiter
Robert Hilton
as Cloutier the Clerk
George Buza
as Earl at the Gunshop
Marty Antonini
as Airport Mechanic
Catherine Burdon
as Sleepy Girl in Bed
Julian Reed
as Georgie Yarkas
Moira Dunphy
as Mary the Deskclerk
Lawrence Bender
as Bar Patron
Lester Cohen
as Waiter No. 2
Doug Pepper
as Waiter No. 3
Peter Natalizio
as Peter the Croupier
Brian Koppelman
as Animatronic Cowboy
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  • Jun 26, 2011
    Great cast, interesting story, but there is a major essence missing in this film. If Guy Ritchie would have directed the film, that essence would probably have existed. Instead, the entire film comes off formulaic and soulless despite the acting prowess afoot.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2009
    Everywhere they go, they're sure to be a hit. Good movie. It's no Goodfellas, but this watchable, well-crafted little mob story is easy to take, and goes a long way on its appealing cast and dark, profane sense of humor. Vin Diesel kicked ass, don't mess with him. Nice good story which entertained me late at night. The acting was decent, nothing bad to say about this movie. Popcorn movie to watch with your guy friend's. The four sons (Diesel, Green, Pepper, Davoli) of major Brooklyn mobsters have to team up to retrieve a bag of cash in a small Montana town ruled by a corrupt sheriff. Specifically, the story gets started when Matt Demaret (Pepper) goes on a job to deliver the money for his mob father (Hopper) on the advice of his uncle (Malkovich). Things don't go as planned though...
    Manu G Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2009
    Barry Pepper, Vin Diesel, John Malkovich, Dennis Hopper, Seth Green, Dov Tiefenbach The film follows four sons of well-known Brooklyn-based mobsters and their desperate fight to retrieve a bag of cash in a small Montana town ruled by a corrupt sheriff. As they unite to find the money, they come face-to-face with the bloodshed and betrayal that is their birthright. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I thought it had a great cast. Thought the movie was good. Little slow to begin with but got better as it went. Good little mob story.
  • Jun 01, 2009
    This wasnt so bad to sit through. Had its moments, both good and bad. <i>Taylor: 500 fights, that's the number I figured when I was a kid. 500 street fights and you could consider yourself a legitimate tough guy. You need them for experience. To develop leather skin. So I got started. Of course along the way you stop thinking about being tough and all that. It stops being the point. You get past the silliness of it all. But then, after, you realize that's what you are. </i>
    Ameeta . Super Reviewer

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