Jerry Welbach is given two ultimatums. His mob boss wants him to travel to Mexico to get a priceless antique pistol called "The Mexican" or he will suffer the consequences. The other ultimatum comes from his girlfriend Samantha, who wants him to end his association with the mob. Jerry figures that being alive, although in trouble with his girlfriend is the better alternative so he heads south of the border. Finding the pistol is easy but getting it home is a whole other matter. The pistol supposedly carries a curse - a curse Jerry is given every reason to believe, especially when Samantha is held hostage by the gay hit man Leroy to ensure the safe return of the pistol. Written by
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The film opens with a car crash at an intersection clearly labeled "Laurel Terrace", but when Samantha explains the story later in the film she says that it was by "Laurel Canyon and Ventura". However, she wasn't present at the accident, which was five years earlier, and it's understandable that she'd misremember it as the major street Laurel Canyon instead of the more obscure Laurel Terrace. Further, even if she knew it was Laurel Terrace, she may have used the nearest major street for clarity. See more »
Okay, I admit it. I'm a Julia fan. But before I saw this movie I'd heard so much about it being terrible that I had incredibly low expectations - so I guess I was going in to see it from a different angle to most people.
I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. I actually saw 'Mouse Hunt' or whatever it's called once on TV, didn't think too much of it, and I was hoping that 'The Mexican' would be different. Luckily, it was.
Brad Pitt gives a sweet performance as Jerry, the accident prone hero, but the best part of the movie is the chemistry between Julia Roberts as Sam and James Gandolfini as Leroy - an unlikely relationship between a kidnapper and a kidnappee (is that a word?).
I'd advise people to see this movie with an open mind. If you expect miracles you'll probably be disappointed. But I actually did really like it.
Oh, and it made me cry. Four times. How embarrassing is that? Maybe I'm getting my period or something.
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