Made proves that a good cast does not necessarily mean a good movie, and that a bad story does not necessarily mean a bad script. Are you confused? Good.
Jon Favreau pens, directs, and stars in Made, a somewhat mob comedy about a couple of losers that head to New York to make a little bit of money. Of course, it's their first time, so they don't really know what they're doing.
Made is moderately entertaining, with good acting and a decent script that has some good jokes and gags. Some of the exchanges between Favreau and Vaughn are classic, and it was a lot of funny watching them interact.
However, a good chunk of the movie needs overhauling. The script is okay, but the story is really bad. When the movie ends, you realize that there were no major developments, and the things that do take place are inconsequential and many times unnecessary. The whole subplot involving Famke Janssen is a waste of time; I don't even know why she's in the movie. She's a good actress but she has such a small and pointless role here. It seems as though Favreau is trying to do too much with too little, making his comedy too dramatic or his drama too comedic. However it goes, it doesn't work.
The best part of the movie is also the worst. Made doesn't work as a drama, so that leaves it to rely on its comedy. The funniest character in the movie is Vince Vaughn, but overkill is going easy here. Vaughn plays an idiot who doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut, so he basically messes up every single time throughout the film. It's funny, until he keeps talking. Vaughn could easily have been a very entertaining character, but he is so incessantly stupid that he drives you crazy after ten minutes of screen time. On the other hand, Favreau is obviously the lead character, yet he is so soft-spoken that he never really gets to develop himself.
In all respects, Made is not that bad of a movie. The problem is that it just isn't that good of a movie, either.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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