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:: Made

This film reunites actors Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, from their 1996 hit film “Swingers”, which Favreau wrote. “Made” will please fans of the duo. Favreau writes and directs this film that takes an unconventional look at mob movies with irreverent humour. And he smartly retains the formula that worked well on “Swingers” without repeating himself.

“Made” again creates good chemistry between Favreau and Vaughn with some snazzy dialogue sequences. They play a pair of childhood friends Bobby (Favreau) and Ricky (Vaughn) who are entrusted with a money-laundering errand in New York where Bobby will become a made man upon the job’s completion. Bobby is hesitant. He is happy with driving and protecting his stripper girlfriend Jesse (Famke Janssen) for his mob boss and to train to become a professional boxer one day. Meanwhile, his mate Ricky is highly enthusiastic and keen to be a “big fish” by pulling off the job. When the directions are outlined by Bobby’s Uncle Max (Peter Falk). Bobby has to vouch for Ricky’s credentials. Max is a second-level gangster but makes this job out to be the big deal.

Ricky is an irresponsible guy who always seems to say exactly the wrong things at the wrong time. This seems sure to cause trouble during their New York adventure. His manner becomes annoying at times even though Vaughn plays the role very well. He is the film’s main source of comedy and complements Bobby’s level-headedness. Apart from the dangerously dumb sense of politically incorrect humour, “Made” seconds the easy, on-screen comic give-and-take between its stars in amusing fashion. Much of the comedy counts less on wit than on nicely calibrated timing.

Though incompetent as gangsters, the best moments from Bobby and Ricky are drawn from their travels in New York, as their clumsy mob posturing and bickering land them in trouble with their cranky Manhattan connection Ruiz (Sean Combs). Combs, in fact, has some excellent lines in the film, and does a solid job, while Peter Falk relishes the colourful role assigned to him as Max. In the opening sequences, Australian viewers will notice the appearance of the beautiful Kimberley Davies as a bartender. Jon Favreau clearly has fun with this film and confirms and rewards his audience with an enjoyable story. It is entertaining in the true facet of indie filmmaking.

Screening on general release