B. Monkey (1998)

MICHAEL RADFORD

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

United Kingdom/USA, 1998.  Miramax, Scala Productions, Synchronistic Pictures.  Screenplay by , , Michael Radford, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by

Oddball gangster flick stars an appealing cast in a story that makes far too little sense.  (Richard’s son) plays a school teacher and hospital disc jockey (?) who has no idea that his beautiful new girlfriend () was once a hired killer. Of course, he has wanted an exciting life for so long that she should come as no unhappy surprise, but the danger she puts him in is nothing like what he was hoping for.

 co-stars as one of Argento’s friends whose drug problem is another wrinkle to the plot, while plays Argento’s partner in crime (but in real crime, not in the usual sense of the term).

The main heist at the center of the story is fun, but the rest of it is so obsessed with being quirky that it comes off as flimsy.

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