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MADE

SYNOPSIS:
Aspiring amateur boxer Bobby (Jon Favreau) and his deadbeat friend Ricky (Vincent Vaughn) hitch a ride to a higher economic plane on the bandwagon of old-time mob boss Max (Peter Falk), who offers them a job going to New York for an instructions-only job. Bobby wants to find a way of moving himself and his lap-dancing single mother girlfriend Jessica (Famke Janssen) out of harm’s way, along with Jessica’s daughter Chloe (Makenzie Vega). But Ricky’s reckless, risky and hedonistic style puts them both in great danger with people like top New York operator, Ruiz (Sean Combs). What chance to be ‘made’ for two hapless ducks?

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Made should be much funnier than it is, although I enjoyed the permanent fizzing of its humour on an internal level. A virtuoso comedy routine for its entire running time, Made also touches real emotions and gets up close and personal with criminals. A strange film, almost European in its bravado mixture of comedic and dramatic, letting the slightly surreal element of Ricky’s persona float above a tangibly real scenario. It’s unpredictable and challenging with its mixed signals and tragi-comic tone, so while the laughter is subdued, it’s a matter of ‘getting it’ or being on the guys’ wavelength. A two hander with solid supports, the performances are razor sharp and as edgy as the cliffs of Dover – and sometimes they do go over, but that’s comedy for you. Special note to film lovers: take note of expat Aussie Chris Doyle’s cinematography, down to earth and functional, adaptable and highly effective.

Review by Louise Keller:

If you liked the energetic craziness of Swingers, check out Made, a buddy movie about two losers who try their luck at being gangsters. It's a bit like a ball of wool that starts to unwind….and the more it unwinds, the faster it rolls and deconstructs. The humour is character and situation-based, so rather than offering plenty of belly-laughs, the humour accumulates. A balancing act between Jon Favreau's Bobby playing straight guy to Vince Vaughn's flamboyant Ricky, it's the chemistry between them that keeps the film together. Vaughn may have all the lines, but it's Favreau who grounds the film. His focused direction and script is spiked with humour reflecting the absurdity of real-life and real-life situations, and how a nonsensical situation can escalate. Take the scene in the plane, when the two newly commissioned 'thugs' on their first assignment are flying up front. The gauche exchanges with the hostess while discovering free booze in first class, make us cringe with embarrassment. It's funny alright, especially when you're watching someone else make a fool of himself! And that's the joy of watching Ricky and Bobby bungle their way through a maze of discovery of sleek, stretch limos, luxury hotels and getting into situations way out of their league. Ricky and Bobby are as un-cool and as out of place as the unfortunate goldfish flung from his bowl and dumped on the carpet. In his screen debut as the underworld's Ruiz, music pop star Sean 'Puff Daddy' Combs is as cool as ice while Peter Falk (of tv’s Colombo fame) adds a real sense of quirkiness as Max, the mob chief. Terrific work by cinematographer Chris Doyle – the look of the film is as interesting as the pot-pouri of music played. I especially enjoyed the nonsensical juxtaposition of action in the most unlikely places. Bobby and Ricky's animated 'gun-talk' at the zoo, while penguins shriek and garble through the glass, is such a lovely idea and presents a delicious sense of the ridiculous. Whether you want to be a gangster or not, Made is an entertaining diversion.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 2
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

MADE (MA)
(US)

CAST: Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Puff Daddy, Peter Falk, Sean Combs, Famke Janssen

DIRECTOR: Jon Favreau

PRODUCERS: Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn

SCRIPT: Jon Favreau

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Chris Doyle HKSC

EDITOR: Curtiss Clayton

MUSIC SUPERVISION: Damon Booth, Pete Giberga, Sean Ricigliano, Tim Riley

PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Anne Stuhler

RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Dendy

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE DATE: February 28, 2002

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Magna Pacific

VIDEO RELEASE: July 10, 2002







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