The Mexican (2001)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 2001DreamWorks, Newmarket Capital Group, Lawrence Bender Productions, Pistolero Productions LLC.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Odd but often entertaining comedy that features humorous performances from its stars, though they hardly share any screen time together. After a very shaky start of watching odd couple Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts fight over a trip to Las Vegas, the film gets going when Pitt is forced by a group of gangsters to whom he owes a favour to retrieve a supposedly cursed handcrafted gun from Mexico. While he is gone, Roberts is kidnapped by a hitman () who is possibly one of her boyfriend’s enemies. Most of the film is funny, but some twists and turns feel meanspirited before a sappy ending; director Gore Verbinski can’t seem to decide if he wants to actually make a grungy movie or show his actors up as gorgeous icons. A worthwhile, if halfhearted, effort.

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