Sunday, September 28, 2008

Obama/Biden '99

Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)
directed by Kelly Makin
rating: 3 out of 5 cravats
on DVD from Netflix

Was it only 1999 when Elizabeth Hurley and Hugh Grant loved each other enough to run a production company together? Did David Chase look any further than Mickey Blue Eyes to cast low-level mobsters for The Sopranos? Janice? Paulie? Big Pussy? Artie? The nice twist on Grant's fish-out-of-water routine is James Caan's transformation from father-of-the-bride adversary to odd-couple ally. Caan's a great tough guy because he's more of a sneak and a bully, which means he'll go along with anything. Here, instead of tiresome Meet the Parents intimidation tactics, a blowhard sweet-talks a charmer over the phone. Pulling the "yes" lever (that's what the kids call it, anyway) is as easy as 1-2-3.