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Safe Men (1998)




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This comedy, set in Rhode Island, follows two lousy singers Sam and Eddie who are mistakenly accepted as safecrackers by the Jewish mafia. They soon find themselves out of their element and ill-prepared for executing heists.


Paul Giamatti
as Veal Chop
Harvey Fierstein
as Good Stuff Leo
Michael Lerner
as Big Fat Bernie Gayle
Josh Pais
as Mitchell
Michael Schmidt
as Bernie Jr.
Mark Shanahan
as Party Coordinator
Jacob Reynolds
as Cousin Ira
John Tormey
as Older Guy
Don Picard
as Gunter
Carl Don
as Hyman
Ali Marsh
as Sherry
Emily Dara Doubilet
as `Sweet' Denise Schneider
Mr. Blue
as M.C. Victor
Ellen M. Hauptman
as Joyce Kaufman
Seth Herzog
as Gold Trophy
Richard Bolster
as Gold Trophy
Ian Helfer
as Janusz
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Critic Reviews for Safe Men

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)'s difficult not to ultimately be won over by the uniformly superb performances and Hamburg's emphasis on thoroughly strange bits of comedy.

Full Review… | September 19, 2006
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Technically raw and narratively bumpy, this high-concept comedy has all the merits and weaknesses of an amateurish indie. Illustrious cast, headed by Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn, Michael Lerner, and Harvey Fierstein, does its best but it ain't enough.

Full Review… | August 16, 2006

Novel and vivaciously performed.

September 18, 2002

Safe Men frequently excels in its little touches while failing in the long run to generate much excitement.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for Safe Men

I can watch this one over and over again. So many things just make this movie a comedy gem. Some people might not understand it, but I love the irreverent humor in it. The cast truly is genius, Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn, Paul Giamatti, Mark Ruffallo. This one I hope will gain more of a cult following over time, it is just so hilarious and original.

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Critic Master

Despite all of the "blah" moments that it has, "Safe Men" is charming - in a mentally-ill sort of way. There will be parts of it that you'll like, parts of it that you won't, and parts of it where you'll laugh your ass off.

Stephen Earnest
Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer

Safe Men is a quirky little comedy, and even though it unravels rather predictably, I can't say that I wasn't amused. The characters are extreme and eccentric, but they are likable in their own way (if you can get around the nonexistent character depth) and the story is odd enough to attract at least one viewing. But be warned: those who find Napoleon Dynamite to be undesirable should stay away from Safe Men because most of the humor is identical between the two. Nevertheless, I found it very funny. Hell, I even laughed out loud a couple of times. Favorite quote: Bernie: "Chop, do you think you can learn these two where the next safe is?" Chop: "Done and donner." Bernie: "Why can't you just say fucking 'Yes' when I ask you a question?"

Stephen Earnest
Stephen Earnest

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