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KNOCKAROUND GUYS

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Knockaround Guys

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
92 minutes
Wide Release Date:
10/11/02
performer:
Andrew Davoli, Vin Diesel, Seth Green, Barry Pepper, Dennis Hopper, John Malkovich, Tom Noonan
director:
Brian Koppelman, David Levien
distributor:
New Line Cinema
author:
59879, 62343
genre:
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C-

Four junior wiseguys trying to prove themselves set out for cowpoke country to retrieve a big bag of misplaced money. Can’t you just picture the sleeping-with-the-fishes-out-of-water yuks? Surprise: ”Knockaround Guys” plays the premise straight, toying with familiar Mob themes of honor and betrayal while coming to a very slow boil. What keeps it (barely) watchable are Pepper’s moody intensity as the conflicted son of the big boss (Dennis Hopper), Diesel’s brawny cool as a low-level enforcer, and John Malkovich’s glazed hamminess as an old-school Brooklyn mobster. Whenever he’s on screen, the movie is sorta funny.

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