Friday, November 25, 2011

The Crew (2000)

Synopsis: Broke ex-gangsters stage fake murders because...oh, who cares? I certainly didn't.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Loaded with laughs, The Crew features Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss (Mr. Holland’s Opus) and Burt Reynolds (Mystery, Alaska) in a sidesplitting story about a set of golden-year goodfellas fighting to protect their last piece of turf!”

What Did I Learn?: South American drug lords are bad news, but 1960s-era wiseguys all have hearts of gold.

Really?: Oh wow...where do I begin? 1) The Crew is a film about four ex-gangsters who are now broke and soon to be evicted; wouldn’t any of them still be involved in the local crime scene and earning some decent money? 2) They’re supposed to be hardened killers, but none of them can bring themselves to shoot a corpse. 3) Wouldn’t the cops know that the so-called murder victim had already been dead for some time? 4) Was it really a good idea to get Richard Dreyfus to narrate this movie in a cheesy Brooklyn Italian accent? I couldn't stop myself from comparing it to Stand By Me.

Rating: Dreyfus, Reynolds, Dan Hedaya and Seymour Cassel all do their best, but they just can’t make this film work. If you’re thinking about watching The Crew, um...fuhgeddaboudit. 4/10 stars.

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