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Overall Rating
2.49

Awesome: 5.88%
Worth A Look: 9.8%
Just Average39.22%
Pretty Crappy: 17.65%
Sucks: 27.45%

5 reviews, 21 user ratings


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Mickey Blue-Eyes
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by Erik Childress

"It's No Analyze This"
3 stars

Mickey Blue Eyes (** Ĺ) Ė Mickey Blue Eyes has the unfortunate task of following not one, but two far superior films this year. The obvious one is one of the funniest, Analyze This, and the other is Notting Hill, which used Hugh Grantís charm and perfectly timed one-liners to its fullest potential. This film takes the kind of premise you would have seen in classic screwball comedies and doesnít utilize it for one big laugh after the other.

Mickey Blue Eyes (** Ĺ) Ė Mickey Blue Eyes has the unfortunate task of following not one, but two far superior films this year. The obvious one is one of the funniest, Analyze This, and the other is Notting Hill, which used Hugh Grantís charm and perfectly timed one-liners to its fullest potential. This film takes the kind of premise you would have seen in classic screwball comedies and doesnít utilize it for one big laugh after the other. Not to say that this film doesnít have big laughs. It does. But there are long dead patches you have to wade through to get to them. The film starts off promising enough, setting up Grantís character and his relationship to his true love, especially in a very funny restaurant scene. We also get laugh promises, situations that we can see building up for big laughs later, which I appreciate. Unfortunately not all of them do. Nothing funny comes out of the body burying scene, which was a lot funnier in GoodFellas of all movies. It takes a lot of those dead patches until we get to the filmís best sequence when Grant has lunch with the mobsters late in the film. Itís the equivalent of Billy Crystal pretending to be the mobster at the end of that film, and everything here strikes the right note. I also really enjoyed how the wedding and reception play out, even though I wasnít surprised by its outcome. Ebert pinpointed the failure of this movie to Hugh Grant. I donít think the movie is a complete failure and I rather liked Grant playing his Hugh Grant character. What I didnít like in the movie was James Caan, who other than given one very funny line in the film, seems to pretty much sleepwalk his way through the proceedings. Heís not as menacing, nor nearly as inspired as DeNiro was in Analyze This and with everything that happens in the movie, heís easily the most forgettable aspect. It also makes you appreciate what a good comedy director Harold Ramis truly is with Analyze This. Kelly Makin (director of the Kids in the Hall series and feature film) and his screenwriters donít go into screwball overdrive when they should have and Makin spends too much time setting up situations instead of giving us one big laugh after the next.

Mickey Blue Eyes joins a short list of films this year, alongside Entrapment and The Generalís Daughter, that I donít really dislike, but canít wholeheartedly recommend. Mickey Blue Eyes, in many ways, resembles the much superior The Freshman with Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick. That film did almost everything right and had a lot of heart too. Mickey Blue Eyes has some heart but not always the laughs. (Note: Itís funny to see Paulie and Pussy from The Sopranos, as well as half the cast from Analyze This present in this film. These guys will never be out of work as long as mob stories are told. Maybe the guy protesting The Sopranos should think about that. I mean, after all, as head of the National Coalition for Italian-Americans, he wouldnít want to see some of his fellow pizans out of work, now would he?)

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User Comments

3/18/06 MP Bartley Grants' comic skills are sorely underappreciated. Very funny entertainment. 4 stars
10/12/04 Mel A decent movie. 4 stars
12/28/02 Jack Sommersby Uninspired but breezy entertainment. 3 stars
3/06/02 Julia Cox Among the better mob movie sendups, but not quite as good as CORKY ROMANO. 4 stars
6/19/01 Bada Bing Crosby To call this crap insults the genuine crap 1 stars
6/17/01 Tzila Seewald It's was embrassing laughing! it's so funny, cute movie! Hugh is so cute in the movie! 5 stars
4/04/01 sanya cute, funny 4 stars
2/22/00 Tom McNulty I pity Filmlink's Darren Arnold. This film is VERY smart and funny. 5 stars
11/27/99 Lisa i think it was an alright movie 3 stars
10/06/99 Ugly Dave Gray complete and utter shit 1 stars
9/23/99 KK Boring Boring Boring Predictable Predictable Predictable ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ 2 stars
9/19/99 Admiral Crunch Coulda been more funnier... 3 stars
9/12/99 Mr Showbiz There is a special circle in movie purgatory for movies like this that don't hold up. 3 stars
8/26/99 Ah Dooey Nice try. Go see Analyze This if you want a few good laughs. 3 stars
8/26/99 PhilmPhreak Fuhgedabouddit! 2 stars
8/26/99 Ami the Wonderbread All the laughs were in the trailer, suck! 3 stars
8/24/99 khaled mega 5 stars
8/24/99 Roman I thought it was pretty entertaining 4 stars
8/24/99 Malbert Could have been a lot better...some funny parts 3 stars
8/23/99 WBG Below average; I was falling asleep! 2 stars
8/20/99 BoB This movie was okay. It should have been funnier. 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  20-Aug-1999 (PG-13)

UK
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Australia
  18-Nov-1999


Directed by
  Carl Gottleib
  Kelly Makin

Written by
  Robert Kuhn
  Marc Lawrence

Cast
  Hugh Grant
  Burt Young
  James Fox
  Joe Viterelli



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