Directed by Jon Favreau
Starring: Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Famke Janssen, Peter Falk, Faizon Love, Sean "Puffy" Combs.
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, some drug use and sexuality.

Review by Eugene Kopman <>
August 21, 2001

Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn return once again after five years to make another film written by Favreau. Some might remember the 1996 film Swingers; well this is Swingers meets "The Sopranos", and Favreau finally directs his own script.

Bobby (Favreau) and Ricky (Vaughn) are two guys who grew up together and are both aspiring boxers, construction workers and two guys looking for a stroke of luck with a local mob boss, Max (Peter Falk). On top of this, Bobby drives his girlfriend Jessica (Famke Janssen) to work; the catch is, she is a stripper who works for Max. During a bachelor party, Bobby, after telling the best man (cameo by Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine) to not touch the strippers, punches him in the face. Max tells Bobby he is not driving Jessica anymore, but he has a different job for him: a money laundering operation. Bobby, a quiet guy who does the job he's told, wants to bring in Ricky, a wise ass who has a certain gift: he can make any situation worse by simply opening his mouth. After much begging, Max agrees.

I won't go farther than this, but will mention certain highlights. First off, when I said this was Swingers meets "Sopranos", I wasn't kidding; three "Sopranos" cast members show up in this film: Vincent Pastore, Drea de Matteo as a prostitute and Federico Castelluccio as a bouncer. But the best cameo goes to Dustin Diamond as, you guessed it, Screech. You have to see this one.

The only problem I had with this film is that Ricky can get too annoying after a while; everything else was very enjoyable. The chemistry between Favreau and Vaughn is simply phenomenal. One can tell that some of the dialogue between the two were improvised, and those were usually the funniest lines in the movie. Another very good script from Favreau and another very good movie to add to both actors' résumés.

P.S.: Puffy... I mean P. Diddy, who plays Max's man in Harlem, didn't do that bad of a job even though he was typecast.

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