Knockaround Guys (2002)



Critic Consensus: 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.
R (for violence, language and some drug use)
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama
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Vin Diesel
as Taylor Reese
Dennis Hopper
as Benny Chains
John Malkovich
as Teddy Deserve
Seth Green
as Johnny Marbles
Barry Pepper
as Matty Demaret
Kevin Gage
as Brucker
Jennifer Baxter
as Terri the Waitress
Brian Koppelman
as Animatronic Cowboy
Kris Lemche
as Decker
Lawrence Bender
as Bar Patron
Shawn Doyle
as Deputy Ward
Tom Noonan
as Sheriff Decker
Arthur J. Nascarella
as Billy Clueless
Mike Starr
as Bobby Boulevard
Andrew Davoli
as Chris Scarpa
Boyd Banks
as Bar Patron
Josh Mostel
as Mac McCreadle
Andrew Francis
as Matty at 13
Tony Nappo
as Tony the Waiter
Nicholas Pasco
as Freddy the Watch
George Buza
as Earl at the Gunshop
Frank Pellegrino
as Joey Hook
Bruce McFee
as Devin the Bartender
Lester Cohen
as Waiter No. 2
Allan Havey
as Dean the Greenskeeper
Joe Pingue
as Klanderud
Marty Antonini
as Airport Mechanic
James Barrett
as Wilkes
Robert Hilton
as Cloutier the Clerk
John Liddle
as Heslep the Barkeep
Angela White
as Bernadette the Waitress
Catherine Burdon
as Sleepy Girl in Bed
Ceciley Jenkins
as Claire the Waitress
Kim Kopyl
as Blonde No. 1
Hayley Verlyn
as Blonde No. 2
Julian Reed
as Georgie Yarkas
Moira Dunphy
as Mary the Deskclerk
Doug Pepper
as Waiter No. 3
Peter Natalizio
as Peter the Croupier
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Critic Reviews for Knockaround Guys

All Critics (99) | Top Critics (28)

This heist flick about young Brooklyn hoods is off the shelf after two years to capitalize on the popularity of Vin Diesel, Seth Green and Barry Pepper. It should have stayed there.

November 19, 2002
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Perhaps if co-directors David Levien and Brian Koppelman had spent more time devising a coherent vision for the film, we would not have felt as knocked around after watching it.

Full Review… | October 19, 2002
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

We know the plot's a little crazy, but it held my interest from start to finish.

October 14, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Will only satisfy those who can't tell the difference between the good, the bad and the ugly.

Full Review… | October 11, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

A guilty pleasure.

Full Review… | October 11, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Instantly forgettable.

October 11, 2002
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for Knockaround Guys

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 Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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.


Super Reviewer

A lean, mean, funny and stylish tough guy thriller. It packs major star power and cold blopded gunplay. A hard-hitting, fast paced and enjoyable film. Thrilling, pulse-pounding and exceptional. Packs lots of action and humor. Dennis Hopper, John Malkovich, Barry Pepper, Andrew Davoli, Seth Green and Vin Diesel give great and sensational performances.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

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