Screen Junkies » jon lovitz http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:08:41 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Mel Gibson Getting Involved In A Gang http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mel-gibson-getting-involved-in-a-gang/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mel-gibson-getting-involved-in-a-gang/#comments Wed, 18 May 2011 16:12:21 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212625 It might be time for an intervention.

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Mel Gibson‘s parents must really be worried about him. Between the drinking, the anti-Semitic slurs, that beaver puppet, and this latest news, it might be time for some kind of dramati intervention.

The news in question is that Gibson has joined up with a heist comedy directed by Brad Mirman entitled Sleight of Hand which is also set to star Kiefer Sutherland, Gerard Depardieu, Thomas Jane, and Jon Lovitz, all of whom I guess could jump off a bridge and Mel Gibson would too. Here’s the plot synopsis, which will make all of Mel Gibson’s loved ones feel sad:

“[A] crew of small time crooks in Paris, who end up possessing a rare gold coin belonging to a notorious French gangster. The leader of the crew calls his uncle (Depardieu), a retired criminal, to help them raise the money to repay the gangster. The series of mix-ups and double crosses culminate as the gangs are pit face to face, chasing through Paris.”

It’s not clear yet exactly what Gibson’s role in the movie will be, but it will undoubtedly feature the formerly nice young man being up to no good. (Variety)

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Kiefer Sutherland Forgets ’24′ For A Minute To Star In ‘Slight Of Hand’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kiefer-sutherland-forgets-24-for-a-minute-to-star-in-slight-of-hand/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kiefer-sutherland-forgets-24-for-a-minute-to-star-in-slight-of-hand/#comments Wed, 11 May 2011 00:25:13 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211432 Sutherland will star in 'Slight of Hand', about a gang of bush-league criminals in Paris who get ahold of a rare gold coin. Don't put that in the Coke machine-- damn it, too late.

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It seems like Gerard Depardieu, Thomas Jane, Til Schweiger, and Jon Lovitz, who I assume will play the much-feared, villainous French gangster. He’ll do it with a little thing called… acting.

Slight of Hand will be directed by Brad Mirman. (Variety)

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Review: Casino Jack http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-casino-jack/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-casino-jack/#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 16:35:22 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=12705 The story of Jack Abramoff is interesting and relevant, so if you make a movie about that you’ve almost got a safety net. Casino Jack is more of a re-enactment than a cinematic experience.

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The story of Jack Abramoff is interesting and relevant, so if you make a movie about that you’ve almost got a safety net. Casino Jack is more of a re-enactment than a cinematic experience.

Kevin Spacey plays the infamous lobbyist. With his narration, the film explains exactly how Abramoff set up his schemes. The script gets all the information out there, at least the talking points. They use a bit part character of a journalist to address the issue of capitalism with Abramoff. Then Jack punches the journo who turns out to be a hemophiliac. Get it? Bleeding heart liberal. It’s not high style dialogue like The Social Network. It’s just desperately trying to get every shade of gray in there so it can be considered fair and balanced.

Abramoff and Michael Scanlon (Barry Pepper) are the ringleaders, making a sales pitch to lobby for Native American interests and carry it into shady business endeavors. Abramoff has plans for restaurants and schools to represent his social and cultural interests (kosher cuisine, no joke.) Scanlon wants personal luxuries like a mansion but either way, you can tell they’re crazy.

We see what a lobbyist does and it is salesmanship. The very heart of the endeavor makes me as a viewer instinctively feel like not listening to him. Abramoff bullies and pressures people into schemes. Solid business opportunities aren’t hurting for investors. If someone has to convince you it’s a good idea, it’s not. Eventually Scanlon blabs to his wife Emily (Rachelle Lefevre), who he cheats on, so she exposes them. Abramoff can’t even keep his cohort straight.

The story is peppered with scenes for actors to “play,” really boisterous moments for the awards show clip reel. Abramoff and Scanlon love to quote movies so they do impressions. They even piss off some gangsters by doing DeNiro, but that just makes me think, “Why did this country fall for this loser?” I don’t see it. Once it hits the fan, the tantrums Abramoff and Scanlon throw when they’re not getting their way and the panic when they’re caught are the flamboyant parts.

Jon Lovitz plays Adam Kidan, a failure in the mattress business who they swindle into running their offshore casinos. Then they freak out when it turns out Kidan’s more dangerous than they are. Lovitz gets to play a meaty role as not just a scumbag, but a scumbag with no pretense of being honorable. He just doesn’t care.

Casino Jack does show how a man like Abramoff exists. You see the ego, the insecure defensiveness and the delusion that he’s never at fault. Maybe it’s just too obvious. The cinematography tries to preserve realism by hiding or obscuring well known political figures like McCain and Bush. That makes it practical, not visual. And the music sounds so caper-y, it’s like, “Come on. Your point is that this massive national fraud was executed like a good old fashioned bank heist?” I’d probably watch a movie like Casino Jack on TV and think, “Yup, that’s pretty much what I thought happened.” Nothing more.

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