Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Running With the Hitman / Zeyda and the Hitman (2004)

Cheesy Gangster Film #2

Synopsis: B-list actors break the law in low-budget Canadian-made caper comedy. Oh wait, that’s the Synopsis for It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time! 

Blurb From the DVD Jacket: “...a story packed with hilarious close calls, near misses, and surprising twists and turns that will keep you guessing...and laughing!” 

What Did I Learn?: There are no peanuts in halvah! [I think I'll remember that fact for the rest of my life]

Really?: 1) Wait – how in the world can Nathan (Danny Aiello) keep his job as head of security for the local synagogue? The entire world knows that Gideon (Judd Hirsch) – a parishioner -  hired him to whack his no-good son-in-law. Come to think of it, why didn’t the authorities send him back to prison? 2) For a multi-millionaire, Gideon has a fairly sparsely-furnished den, doesn’t he? (See: “Synopsis”

Rating: Hirsch and Aiello share a few humourous moments in Running with the Hitman, but it’s not a particularly funny movie (unless you really enjoy watching Hirsch suffer one indignity after another), and it takes a long time for the story to develop. Give it a screening if you have nothing better to watch, or if you want to see a bit of Winnipeg. 5.5/10 stars.

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