Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 2001. DreamWorks, Newmarket Capital Group, Lawrence Bender Productions, Pistolero Productions LLC. Screenplay by J.H. Wyman. Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski. Produced by John Baldecchi, Lawrence Bender. Music by Alan Silvestri. Production Design by Cecilia Montiel. Costume Design by Colleen Atwood. Film Editing by Craig Wood.
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 (James Gandolfini) 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.