Gigli

  • Review Date: December 8, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 124 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Misbegotten mess of a not family-friendly movie.
  • Review Date: December 8, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 124 minutes

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Violence

Graphic violence, suicide attempt.

Sex

Exceptionally explicit sexual references, sexual situations.

Language

Constant extremely strong language.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has graphic violence, non-stop profanity, and extremely explicit sexual references and situations. A character attempts suicide and then disappears from the story. In a better movie, the fact that the most capable and intelligent character is a bi-sexual Hispanic woman would be more worthwhile. Bartha's portrayal of Brian is probably the most natural and authentic of the movie, but the character of the retarded man is the stereotypical noble disabled person and really no more than a prop for the other characters to react to.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Larry Gigli (Ben Affleck) is a small-time enforcer for a small-time hood named Louis. Larry's latest assignment is to kidnap a retarded young man named Brian (Justin Bartha) to help Louis and his colleagues can apply some pressure to Brian's brother. So Larry picks up Brian and brings him back to his apartment. A beautiful woman (Jennifer Lopez) who says her name is Ricki tells Larry that she has also been hired by Louis to make sure he does not mess up the job. Larry's macho ego is affronted, but he is attracted to Ricki, even after she tells him she is gay. A lot of bickering and bantering later, much of it involving mind-numbing debates over who is the boss and straight vs. gay sex, plus encounters with the mother of one and the ex-lover of the other, Larry and Ricki have to decide whether they are willing to hurt or kill Brian and that leads them to think differently about themselves and each other.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

GIGLI is less a movie than a string of over-the-top audition monologues, those random set-pieces designed to show off an actor's facility with language and attitude. Those can be entertaining in their own way, but they do not have anything to do with creating a character or telling a story, just two of the many movie-making essentials that are missing. The movie has the traditional odd couple structure -- friction, the chance to prove themselves to one another, mutual epiphanies, and finally, respect and affection. But it never finds any tone or direction or believable connection between the characters.

Larry and Ricki are one-dimensional characters, their bickering has no spark, and the evolution of their relationship isn't believable because they're just attributes and attitude, with no internal consistency. Meanwhile, Christopher Walken (as a cop) and Al Pacino (as a crime boss) drop by for showy scenes that have some verve but add nothing to the plot, tone, or themes of the movie. Indeed, there really is nothing that could be called plot, tone, or theme in this movie. It's not the worst movie ever. It's not even the worst movie of the year. And it's not as bad as the Jen/Ben backlash want it to be. But it is not a good movie, and it is a terrible waste of talent.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Brian made Larry and Ricki feel differently about their choice of careers.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 24, 2003
DVD release date:December 8, 2003
Cast:Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bartha
Director:Martin Brest
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Action/Adventure
Run time:124 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:sexual content, pervasive language and brief strong violence

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Adult Written byJimbojones April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

Utter garbage would be a compliment for this.......

All I have to say (or can say) about Gigli is that it is by far the worst movie ever concieved, and in fact, people should get paid to see this, not the other way around. Here's a quarter Ben Affleck. Make a better movie than this, it shouldn't be a problem.
Educator Written bycaffinegirl85 November 10, 2011
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

not bad!

i liked it i don't care what others say about it it was a good movie !
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byMovieMan101 April 9, 2008
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

GIGLI

GIGLI was mindless but fun at some parts. Definitely rent it. Sex- 7: Some brief nudity, sexual references and overtones Violence-9: Very bloody scene of violence Language-10: Very explicit language Scariness-5: A scary/violent scene. My rating: R for pervasive graphic language, brief strong language and some sexuality/nudity

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