Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mickey Blue Eyes 1999

     Michael Felgate is an art-house auctioneer, he’s in love with Gina Vitale and he asks her to marry him.  She runs away after he pops the question and he finds out where she is so he can ask her why.  It’s because her father is a major New York mobster and he was in prison until she was eight years old.  Other friends and family members are also mobsters.  Gina is afraid they will interfere with their marriage and she doesn’t want that to happen.  Michael and Gina decide they will have rules and set boundaries with the family and the mob members.
     It sounds good in theory to set boundaries but Michael is in a prime business for the mobsters to do money laundering.  At first it starts off on a small scale but begins to escalate.  There is an incident at Michael’s apartment and the FBI gets involved too.  There are many funny moments!!  I was surprised to see so many actors from The Sopranos TV series. Tony Sirico, John Ventrimiglia, Aida Turturro, Vincent Pastore, Joseph R. Gannascoli and Frank Pellegrino.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

102 min, Comedy directed by Kelly Makin with Hugh Grant, Jeanne Tripplehorn, James Caan, Burt Young, James Fox, Joe Viterelli, Gerry Becker, Maddie Corman, Tony Darrow, Paul Lazar, Vincent Pastore.

Note:  Imdb 5.8 out of 10, 45% critic 42% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2*, Amazon 4.2* out of 5* with 120 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Greenwich Village, Manhattan and New York City, New York.  During filming, James Caan nicknamed Hugh Grant Whippy after the Whippet dog.  This is an English breed that shivers a lot?  I was surprised to see the low stars on Roger Ebert.  It was thought Grant was wrong for his role?

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