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Made (2001)

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Two aspiring boxers, lifelong friends, get involved in a money-laundering scheme through a low-level organized crime group.

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Jon Favreau

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Jon Favreau
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Favreau ... Bobby
Vince Vaughn ... Ricky
Joe Goossen Joe Goossen ... Referee
Famke Janssen ... Jessica
Makenzie Vega ... Chloe
Jenteal Jenteal ... Wendy (as Reanna Rossi)
Tom Morello ... Best Man
Jonathan Silverman ... Bachelor
Kimberley Davies ... Bartender (as Kimberly Davies)
Faizon Love ... Horrace
Elizabeth Barondes ... Wife
Gary Auerbach Gary Auerbach ... Husband
Bill Capizzi Bill Capizzi ... Arthur
Peter Falk ... Max
Vernon Vaughn ... Coach
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Storyline

Bobby is a struggling boxer and bodyguard for his stripper girlfriend. But he hates his work and wants to move up. So he agrees to go to New York City for his boss to help in the delivery for a money laundering scheme. His partner in crime is his best friend Ricky, an obnoxious loudmouth who has seen one too many mafia movies. Bobby tries to keep it cool and get the job done, but Ricky's antics threaten to blow the entire situation. Written by <jgp3553@yahoo.com>

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Welcome to disorganized crime


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Rated R for pervasive language, some drug use and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

31 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bcё схвачено! See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,003, 15 July 2001

Gross USA:

$5,313,300

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,480,653
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Vince Vaughn's dad Vernon makes a cameo as the Hollywood High School football coach. See more »

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In the painting scene, during the "isn't it fun to paint" exchange between Vaughn and the little girl, Vaughn has partially painted the ashtray; in the next shot, the ashtray is unpainted and no paint is on the table; in the following shot it is partially painted again. See more »

Quotes

Bernardo: What is your name?
Bobby: Er, Bobby Ricigliano.
Bernardo: Christ is everyone in this god damned house named Bobby Ricigliano?
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References The Real World (1992) See more »

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A very funny comedy...maybe
4 September 2001 | by uglykidmattSee all my reviews

Jon Favreau's "Made" is an unusual film. It's ostensibly a comedy, and indeed a lot of it made me laugh hard. Still, when I thought about it later, I realized that I had not really seen a comedy at all. The situation isn't funny, the main character doesn't react to it in a funny way, and the resolution isn't played for laughs. What you get is a straight-laced, sometimes even rather flat kitchen-sink crime drama which Vince Vaughn grabs by the throat and, through the sheer force of his heroically obnoxious portrayal, turns into a bizarre sort of almost-comedy.

Jon Favreau is Bobby, a rather unskilled L.A. club fighter who makes his real living doing odd jobs for Max (a gravelly Peter Falk), the local small-time crime boss. Bobby lives with a stripper (Famke Janssen) who he bodyguards for, but one night a bachelor party guest puts his hands where they shouldn't go, and Bobby lays into him rough. Max is furious, but he likes Bobby, and gives him a chance to right his wrong. He must go to New York, rendezvous with big-cheese crime kingpin Ruiz (Sean "Puffy" Combs), and make some sort of ill-defined "drop". It might all go smoothly...if Ricky wasn't along for the ride.

Ricky is Vince Vaughn's character, and he's like a force of nature..if nature was obnoxious and pushy. He is not the sharpest cheese in the fridge, and he begins acting like a Mafia big shot even before they leave L.A., tormenting their stewardess with stupid questions. He bulldozes hotel valets, waitresses, club bouncers, and pick-ups with the sheer volcanic power of his boorishness, and most of it is actually really funny (not all of it; I actually started to feel bad for the stewardess). Vaughn proved his ability to play charmingly rude in "Swingers", still my pick for the best romantic comedy of the last decade. Here, it's like that film's Trent has been given a sharper suit, a mob expense account, and a small but definitely serious chip on his shoulder. Ricky is the reason "Made" is being called a comedy; he basically provides the picture's only laughs.

The other performers operate on various levels of reality. Favreau is more or less the film's lead character, but he's basically there just to play off Vaughn's disgraceful behavior and act indignant when Ricky gets them in another scrape. Falk is like a caricature of a too-powerful- too-long neighborhood kingpin. Janssen's character is played completely straight, and comes off as unlikable and rather depressing. Oddly enough, the only other actors in the film who really seem to be contributing a humorous atmosphere are Combs and Faizon Love, who plays the boys' liaison to Ruiz. Combs has a surprisingly versatile array of put-upon expressions, and Love's massive bulk and hostile bark of a voice work to scary-amusing effect.

Overall, though, Favreau seems a little shaky on what the tone of his film should be ("Swingers", written by Favreau but directed by Doug Liman, had a confidence that this picture never even approaches). There's lots of gritty hand-held camera from Hong Kong-based lensman Chris Doyle, and the sets' grungy low-rent atmosphere (even the hotels that are supposed to be nice look dark and a bit run-down) make it sometimes feel like we're watching a weird documentary rather than a fiction film, let alone a comedy. Favreau's dialogue is yet another "realistic" display that illustrates, if anyone had any doubts, that the f-word in and of itself is not a punchline. The film has a bummer of an ending followed by an out-of-nowhere epilogue that, quite frankly, I didn't understand.

I guess "Made" is what you'd call a human comedy, a picture where we're supposed to smile with recognition as we see characters not unlike ourselves who find themselves in unbelievable situations and try to deal with them just by being who they are. I'm usually not a big fan of this type of film. If you're calling it a comedy, I'd better be laughing. Still, Vaughn, Combs, and Love provide enough good moments that the picture is worth checking out at least once. Just don't expect "Swingers", and you should be all right.


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