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This Thing of Ours (2003)
Possibly the worst "mafia" movie ever made?
By all accounts, "This Thing of Ours" not only featured well-respected veterans of the mob-movie genre such as Frank Vincent, Vincent Pastore, and James Caan, but was also uniquely written and directed by (and starred) a genuine "wiseguy": Danny Provenzano, (nephew of Genovese capo "Tony Pro" Provenzano) who himself served a stint in prison for racketeering shortly after this movie was completed.
Being produced by a genuine wiseguy doesn't ensure a "mafia" movie any quality, however, since the bottom line was that this was possibly the worst mob movie I've ever seen. The acting was laughably bad, and the lighting and sets were incredibly cheap. You'll cringe as "nightclub" scenes were shot in some kind of conference room with full florescent lighting! I mean, what kind of nightclub is so well-lit? Not that it drags the movie down any further, but the "scam" the three young associates concocted to shave tiny amounts off banking transactions is highly reminiscent of the heist in the cult comedy "Office Space"! Come to think of it, the film may have benefited from more of an "Office Space meets the Sopranos" kind of take.
I'm not really knocking the film for being a low-budget "mob guys sitting around a table eating, joking and talking" kinda film (because that's what the majority of the film was), its just that the dialog wasn't that entertaining and the acting at times "cringe-worthy." In my opinion, this film compares poorly to another, more recent, low-budget movie also written by a real-life wiseguy (in that case former Gotti associate Sal Polisi) that primarily consisted of wiseguys hanging out, sitting around a table, eating, and talking, known as "The Sinatra Club" (starring Danny Nucci and Joey Lawrence of all people). While "This Thing of Ours" has gotten better reviews overall than "Sinatra Club," but I feel that the latter benefits from the portrayal of actual people such as John Gotti and his 1970's-era henchmen, and the dialog was overall snappier and more entertaining.
For what it's worth, "This Thing of Ours" garnered fair-to-good reviews in what handful of professional reviews that were published at the time of its release (such as the New York Times), but I just wanted to throw in my two cents.
P.S.: Those of you that are interested in Vincent Pastore's work should check him out in one of this earliest "mob movie" roles: in the 1995 "Jerky Boys Movie," where he plays a mob capo and the main antagonist, "Tony Scarboni." It's a hoot!