The violent story about how a criminal lesbian, a tough-guy hitman with a heart of gold, and a mentally challenged man came to be best friends through a hostage.

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Man in Dryer (as Terrence Camilleri)
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Laundry Customer
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Robert Silver ...
Man in Debt
Luis Alberto Martínez ...
Adult Care Resident
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High School Kid #1
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Dwight Ketchum ...
High School Kid #6 (as Dwight P. Ketchum)

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Storyline

Gigli, a lowly and inept hitman, is assigned a job by the mob to kidnap an intellectually disabled brother of a California district attorney. Gigli abducts the brother from his mental hospital and holds him hostage in his apartment. Ricki, a "lesbian assassin", is sent to oversee Gigli's job and make sure he doesn't screw it up. Comedic high jinks ensue as the two go on the lam and start to fall in love. Written by Ilya G.

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lesbian | hospital | gangster | thug | mob | See All (93) »

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Life doesn't play by the rules. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content, pervasive language and brief strong violence | See all certifications »

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1 August 2003 (USA)  »

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Tough Love  »

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$54,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,753,518 (USA) (1 August 2003)

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$5,660,084 (USA) (8 August 2003)
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Martin Brest worked at Bronx State Hospital during college, where he observed the behaviors of various patients. This, he claims, served as the inspiration for the character of Brian. See more »

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Terry Camilleri ("Man in Dryer") is listed before David Backus ("Laundry Customer") in the end credits. But Backus actually appears on-screen before Camilleri. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Larry Gigli: You see, after all is said and done, the only thing you can be really sure of, the only thing you can really count on in this world, is that you just never fucking know.
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Crazy Credits

Towards the end of the credits Brian (Justin Bartha) can be heard singing his rendition of "Baby Got Back". See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Porno Holocaust (2007) See more »

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I Need Love
Written by Bobby F. Ervin, Steven J. Ettinger, Dwayne Emil Simon, Darryl La Mont Pierce and James Todd Smith
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I mean... why?
10 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

I can't exactly remember how or why I ended up seeing this movie, but here I am thinking of the film that stands next to Matrix Revolutions as the worst of 2003. It is that bad. Reasons? Well, for one, this movie contains a brutal depiction of Ben Affleck violently raping the acting craft. There is one reason. Two? There is hardly a plot, but old, cliche gimmicks to create a Rain Man feel in a hit man story. Does it work? Three? No. It does not. And I don't care if people write reviews stating that a lot of reviewers won't admit they liked the picture. I have nothing to hide. I hated it. I'll admit that the picture had two pluses. Christopher Walken's brief speech, and Al Pacino's. Those were the high points of the movie, and I have no idea how they got persuaded to participate in the film, but there it is. They were damn good. In scenes that had little to do with the story. Which had little to do with anything. I won't even touch on J-Lo's questionable lesbianism, or the random suicide attempt by her former lover (who shows up... why?). What can I say? Awful film.


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