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Directed by Harold Ramis

Written by Ken Lonergan, Harold Ramis & Peter Tolan,
story by Lonergan & Tolan

Starring Robert DeNiro, Billy Crystal,
Lisa Kudrow, Chazz Palminteri, Joe Viterelli

My Advice: Wait and Rent It

Rating: out of

Dr. Ben Sobel (Crystal) on first glance lives the kind of life most of us AOL underlings would envy. He's a fairly wealthy psychiatrist, has a happy (albeit somewhat maladjusted child), and is reveling in his upcoming nuptials with perky and pretty television reporter, Laura (Kudrow)

And then a unfortunate twist and an ill-fated "bumper-to-bumper" accident takes him straight into life of Paul Vitti. (DiNiro) This anxiety prone mob boss - suffering from increasingly frequent attacks of panic, must get his life in order before the rival mob boss Primo Sidone (Palminteri) wipes out his problems "permanently"

The beauty of this comedic match was DiNiro's typecasting against Crystal's rubber faced jocularity. While the film seemed stretched at times - with use of repeated punch lines and scenarios, I really think they managed to hold their ends quite nicely. I, however, was disappointed in Kudrow. Is anyone else, besides me, tired of seeing Phoebe from Friends appearing in every Kudrow film? It's the same persona, the same schtick....anyone would have brought more life to this part. I half expected Romy to come and snatch her away for the highschool reunion at any moment.

I went into this movie with high hopes and, for the first half hour or so, I felt emotionally full and happy. (Of course that also could have been all the Jujubes I had been packing away during the previews.) But, as I stated earlier, things soon became repetitive and things started to sag dearly as the film moved on. Just how many times could you find Crystal being "kidnapped" by DiNiro's goons for an impromptu "session" before it just wasn't funny anymore? I counted. It was 2.

In a nutshell, a humorous little film. Though flat it stays comedic and edgy and you'll laugh aloud. But it could have -- and should have -- been better. Make it a rental -- mass "group discomfort" of a theater setting warrants it as such.

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