Review published
August 3, 2003
A.J.'s Rating:  Zigro (rhymes with ZERO)

    Every so often, an astute and talented Hollywood filmmaker realises that movies should be about more that just flashy visual effects, explosions, and car chases.  Writer/director Martin Brest is such a man.  Every so often, out of the corporate jungle of Hollywood comes a film that does something other than just entertain.  Gigli is such a film.
    For Gigli is not about earthshattering events, buddy-cops, or superheroes.  Gigli is about people.  It is about their strengths, their weaknesses, and their needs for each other.  This tender story concerns Larry Gigli (rhymes with really), played by Ben Affleck.  Gigli is a small time thug with low self-esteem, trying desperately to prove his worth to his gangster boss.  The boss gives Gigli one last chance, with an assignment to kidnap and hold the brother of a district attorney, hopefully to pressure that attorney into dropping a case.  The district attorney's brother is mentally challenged.  Sent in to make sure things go as planned is Ricki, played by Jennifer Lopez.  Ricki is a tough-as-nails lesbian hit-woman. 
    What follows is a tale filled with heartfelt emotional bonding and character development seldom seen in mainstream Hollywood movies, as this unlikely trio is forced to interact and, eventually, discover how alike they are where it really counts.  After all, don't we all want love?  Don't we all want happiness?  Don't we all want... the Baywatch?
    Every so often, I see a film that makes me think.  Every so often, I see a film that makes me wonder.  Every so often, I see a film that plays upon my urge to use written words to mess with the minds of those who read them.  Gigli is such a film.  Yes, everything you've just read is true, but not in the ways you may think.  In fact, Gigli is awful - and I mean really, really bad.  How bad?  Weren't you paying attention earlier?  The entire plot is just Ben and J-Lo... babysitting Rainman!  They argue constantly until, finally, despite the odds and a complete lack of romantic chemistry, they fall in love.  Is that bad enough for you?  Every so often, a film makes me nauseous.  Every so often, a film makes me want to hurl... Gigli should come with its own barf-bag.
Directed By:  Martin Brest
Written By:  Martin Brest
Starring: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez

MPAA:  Rated R for sexual content, pervasive language and brief strong violence.

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