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A plot that takes an unusual and comical look at what would normally be
side of society, with retired mobsters, detectives, hookers and bungling
coming together in a storyline that takes all the cliches and presents
in a new and
I've watched this movie several times - I think it's well written and acted, with some great characters, the casting is excellent as is the soundtrack.
Not a great classic, but I don't think it's trying to be, just a hugely entertaining movie - I'm sure the actors enjoyed making it.
I don't think this movie was given enough of a chance. The cast alone
is worth watching the movie for (Jennifer Tilly is one of my favorites;
the cast also includes Burt Reynolds, Richard Dreyfuss, Jeremy Piven
and Carrie Anne Moss. The jokes are cute and clever, and although it
doesn't have the clever wit of a Tarantino, it's still well-timed and
I'd never heard of this movie and happened to see it on TV. Now, I'm a hard sell, and I laughed my ass off through half the movie and smiled at the sweet, fairy tale ending that leaves everyone walking away from the movie with warm fuzzies.
And it's not just some mushy piece of sap; it's about old wise guys, so there are plenty of geriatric fist fights and pee jokes for the guys (and for those of us females who appreciate gentle toilet humor too, like me).
So give this movie a chance, is all I'm saying, and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
I was positively intrigued to see such a wide divergence of opinion on this flick; I can't recall ever seeing such a split opinion in this space. Therefore I will offer the moderate observation that, while being far from the cleverest comedy I've seen, the movie isn't all that bad. The script is not a particularly witty effort, but the tangled web that these 4 retired hoods spin for themselves becomes progressively more intriguing. (I would note that the arson technique portrayed must be taken with about a pound of salt) The sentimental sub-plot about the missing daughter is unnecessary and dilutes the comedy (though, mercifully it's not played up very big). Altogether, not a cause for raves, but not as bad as some here say.
So much promise, yet so little achievement was the enduring impression
left on me after watching this comedy. A group of ageing ex-con artists
conjure an imaginative, yet flawed plot to save their Miami retirement
home from soaring rents by using the body of a dead neighbour to scare
away potential residents. When the dead man's son (Sandoval) emerges to
take vengeance on those responsible for his death, they use their
collective criminal experience to dodge the attempted retributions.
Dreyfuss, Reynolds, Cassel and Hedaya probably weren't quite old enough to convince me that they were geriatrics, relying on props to affect the age (hearing aids etc) although Reynolds did a great impression of someone who'd lost his marbles. His near-death epiphanies lead to several hair-brained schemes while Dreyfuss' main angle is assisting the local police investigating the death, the female detective (Moss) unaware the she is his daughter. She mistakes his kindly advances as those of a dirty old man, while Dreyfuss is trying to work out how to confess to the ruse, and still reconcile with the daughter neither knew existed. Moss is stunning and it's almost inconceivable that the Pivster (Piven) is both her detective partner and boyfriend from whom she's estranged. Must be low self esteem...
Slapstick, sentimental comedy has its moments and an appealing cast but never quite hit the notes I was expecting, all things considered. Easy, lightweight viewing.
Mob film affectionados will appreciate this film if only that it adds a new perspective to an old theme. There are several cleverly orchestrated scenes which spoof other classic mobster films, giving viewers something more than simple comedy to get them laughing. Richard Dreyfuss was not entirely convincing as a retired 'wiseguy'; he doesn't really fit the part somehow. The storyline may have been improbable at times, and dragged a little on a few occasions, but for the most part it holds one's attention until the very end. It really makes one wonder; what does happen to all those old "made" guys if they happen to live to retirement age?
There are good parts and there are bad parts in "The Crew." The good stuff is that all four geezers in the movie are consistently amusing, Jennifer Tilly has never looked better (maybe her cleavage has something to do with that), it's good to see Carrie-Anne Moss in something other than "The Matrix," and the general level of humor is funny even though we've seen it a million times. On the bad side, it's much too short to make a lasting impact, poor Jeremy Piven is stuck in a thankless role, too many jokes are aimed at the same target, and too much time passes between major gut-busters. Still, Richard Dreyfuss and Burt Reynolds get their share of laughs, even though the cleavage gets all the attention.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
*Warning* Possible spoilers ahead*
In the vein of aging boomer comedies, affording more opportunities for older
actors to star in mainstream movies, THE CREW is part of this trend. Seeing
Hollywood do this about face is good, even if their interest lies purely in
the commercial potential.
The story brings us to a gaggle of aging mobsters, spending out their last days in some sweaty, ramshackle hotel in Florida. Naturally, there are going to be literally tons of old age maladies, used as fodder for humor. Anything from prostrate problems, hair loss, erectile dysfunction, etc. etc. Some of it works, and some of it takes a nap.
The pacing of the film keeps it slow, even plodding, and the subplots became way too many, to keep this film focused. Love interests, improbable situations, trying too hard to make the protagonists look like lovable and cutesy curmudgeons, long lost daughters, on and on, ties this film to a short tether.
THE CREW floats about midstream at average, and has a few good moments. The rest of the time we wait for something to happen.
RECOMMENDED, for fans of the leads (Richard Dreyfuss, Burt Reynolds or Dan Hedaya).
Maybe because I "AM" over 50 I enjoyed the Crew. I cant say. But the music was good too. I came home and did a search on Napster for Joe Pesci's "Old Man Time". Good song. Check it out. People are used to complicated stories and special effects. They cant just sit and be entertained anymore. Which is what this movie is-entertainment. I enjoyed it. 7 out of 10 stars I would say.
This movie is really not for the cynical, or people who don't mind a little brains with their stupidity. I have seen this movie many, many times and it never seems to get old. I suggest it to anyone can enjoy these great, older actors (especially Burt Reynolds and Dan Hedaya, though Seymore Cassel and Richard Dreyfuss do a great job) injecting a little humor into a great little story about being mobsters who actually live past retirement. The great writing is backed up wonderfully, by a director who truly knows how to storytell. Unfortunately, Carrie Anne Moss still can't act her way out of a paper bag, even when teamed up with a comic genius like Jeremy Piven. Still, besides that, see the movie!
This film could be a tv movie,its budget, script, and acting; I've seen better made for tv movies then this one. It not bad, but I would rent it, there is a few laughs. I was happy I went on cheap night, this movie is not worth $8.50 times 2 when I head out. In defence this movie is not bad either, the movies story did not make me drift off and the cast played a very entertaining role, and I even laughed a couple of times.
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