Parents' Guide to

Gigli

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Misbegotten mess of a not family-friendly movie.

Movie R 2003 124 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Oh no...

Arguably the worst film in cinema history. I would rank it lower than Plan 9 from Outer Space, mainly because Wood at least was coming from a place of sincerity, low budget, and poor taste. This film was shamefully expensive and it took A LOT of people that said yes for this to get made with a 75 million dollar budget. Money that could have been spent on virtually anything else in the world and would have been better for humanity than this monstrosity of a film. The title is an unfunny joke that never gets any laughs, and the commodification of lesbianism is atrocious at best, plus Bartha's display of "full retard" is agonizing to witness. Rented this knowing it had received horrible reviews. Who greenlit this and how did they fare with their limited employment options afterwards?
age 13+

not bad!

i liked it i don't care what others say about it it was a good movie !

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

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.

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