Things Change (1988)
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as Joseph 'Don Giuseppe...
as Mr. Silver
as Mr. Greene
as Repair Shop Owner
as Miss Bates
as No Pals
as Billy Drake
as Hotel Manager
as No Pals
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Nine years after Hal Ashby's quixotic 1979 tale of mistaken identity, Being There (with Peter Sellers as the humble gardener), Mamet followed with his take on the same subject, throwing in the Mob and its code of honor (!!!) for comic spin. Joe Mantagna is the family flunky chosen with cred enough to babysit a shoeshine boy and he's credible if underwritten. Ameche, though, is the whole film, carrying the whole piece. I thought he understood it better than Mamet pretended to ...
From the moment you watch Don Ameche's face, you instantly know this will be a humble, honest and heartwarming story. David Mamet changed his register here, in his second film.
A sweet comedy with crystalline acting, writing and direction.
It's got that Mamet touch!
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