IT'S SLIGHTLY BETTER THAN YOU'D THINK
Woody | St. Petersburg, FL | 01/17/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"To tell you the truth, I wasn't really expecting too much from this movie, it IS a romantic comedy, but not expecting too much is the best way to not be dissapointed.Hugh Grant plays an auctioneer who wants to marry his girlfriend played by Jeanne Tripplehorn. The only problem is she wants to protect him from her family, who happen to be mobsters, most notable James Caan.Hugh Grant's clumsy, stuttering style serves him well here because he is faced with a number of uncomfortable situations. He and Caan do fine work in the movie although Caan's character becomes weaker towards the second half of the movie. Tripplehorn is ok, in a role that only required her to be ok.The rest of the mobster cliches, I mean cast, are made up of people who at one time or another have been or will be on The Sopranos.The movie does have some funny moments, like when Caan teaches Grant to talk like a wiseguy, although that wears thin soon. But in the end the movies uneven tone between lighthearted romantic comedy and some violence ultimately keep it from being too memorable"
Hugh Grant Provides Lots of Light-hearted Fun !!!
Eric Grzenia | Mauston, WI United States | 04/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Whenever I find an unfavorable review for this film it really mystifies me. This is one of my favorite comedies!! Hugh Grant does his usual excellent job since this story serves as a PERFECT vehicle for his familiar cinematic personna. There are definitely some unforgettable scenes here...I'm talking about the botched up marriage proposal of course, and who can forget the part where James Caan has to teach Grant how to talk like a gangster?! There are soooo many laughs-- never a dull moment and a great bargain for such a fun movie! If you like Grant, this DVD is a must have! If you don't, then you cannot recognize a truly charismatic performer when you see one."
A sweet, light hearted comedy
snlkidsinhall | Topeka, Kansas United States | 05/11/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"1999 sent out a splew of mobster comedies. I saw this one and said "Hey, why not give it a chance." I saw it and I was glad. It's not GREAT, but it was okay. Not a movie you'd recommend or maybe even see again. It's just an all around, little funny comedy. Worth seeing at least once. Stars Hugh Grant, Jeanne Tripplehorn, James Caan and Scott Thompson."