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One foot in the door. The other one in the gutter.
Jerry and his two pals, Russ and Syd, are just looking for some easy money to help them break out of their nowhere lives in their nowhere town. Despite a bungled jewelry store heist which exposes their incompetence as criminals, a fateful event (and an old black-and-white film) convinces them that they can pull off an armored-truck robbery. While they are busy plotting their caper, their dysfunctional families spin out of control, all around them.
This is typical of much of the independent cinema that came from the mid-1990s: a couple of incompetent hoods string together a plan to knock over a Brinks truck, and of course fail.
Like much of 1990s independent cinema, it is neither excellent nor horrible. This one is just sort of ... there. It never really gathers any steam, and it offers little new insight into the genre.
Gallo has a nice little turn as a hot-head, but the other two leads act well below their abilities. (More the script's fault than theirs.) The story should have stuck to the plan or to the three men's relationships to each other, but instead it meanders to other meaningless avenues: girlfriends of little interest, subplots with quirky throwaway characters.
It all sort of runs in place with a rather disappointing climax. And the cutesty ending seems tacked on, especially since so few laughs preceded it in the first place.
A little gem, Vincent Gallo being likeable and leading a gang of people that have no skill to rob anything. A nice surprise.
Unknown gem.....Vincent Gallo in likeable shock
A reasonable effort for a début directional feature, but the characters are one dimensional and the plot doesn't have enough layers. Lacks the power of, say, GoodFellas and ends up feeling a bit Pulp Fiction-lite.
Vincent Gallo was the coolest man in the world in '96.
Highly enjoyable indie drama.
Kind of an overlooked cousin of Bottle Rocket, definitely worth watching, and I found Vincent Gallo quite likeable here.
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