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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Man in Dryer (as Terrence Camilleri)
Laundry Customer
Robert Silver ...
Man in Debt
Luis Alberto Martínez ...
Adult Care Resident
High School Kid #1
High School Kid #2
Brian Casey ...
High School Kid #3
Les Bradford ...
High School Kid #4
David Bonfadini ...
High School Kid #5
Dwight Ketchum ...
High School Kid #6 (as Dwight P. Ketchum)


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 (94) »


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


Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

1 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tough Love  »

Box Office


$54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$5,660,084 (USA) (8 August 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Christopher Walken on director-writer Martin Brest in the film's production notes: "Marty gives you plenty of chances to do your best. It's hard when you go home at night and think, 'I wish we had had that extra take because I could have done it differently, or better or whatever.' With Marty, every night I went home thinking 'I don't know whether it was good, but I certainly did get a chance to do my best.'" See more »


When Ricky and Larry are leaving to meet Louis, she is wearing an orange-colored shirt under her jacket, but when they're with Louis and Starkman she's wearing a different shirt. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in Todd's Pop Song Reviews: Glitter (2011) See more »


Everything's Gonna Be Alright
Written by Vin Rock (as Vincent Brown), Anthony 'Treach' Criss (as Anthony Criss),
DJ Kay Gee (as Keir Gist) and Vincent Ford
Performed by Naughty By Nature
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Music
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
Contains a sample from "No Woman No Cry"
Performed by Boney M. (as Boney M)
Courtesy of BMG Berlin Musik GmbH
Under license from BMG Film & Television Music
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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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