As star of such films as the highly successful Four Weddings and a Funeral, this year's even more successful Notting Hill, and one of my favorites, Nine Months, Hugh Grant is no stranger to good romantic comedies. In his latest film, he plays a British auctioneer who is drawn into a web of lies and deceit with the mob as he attempts to marry a mobster's daughter. Grant has always appealed to me as an actor and as a character, because he fits so naturally in his roles and pulls off every line with such ease. He is definitely the funniest part in the movie, as he should be, because, like in so many other movies, he falls farther and farther into the hole he's dug himself.
The movie isn't all laughs, though. As the movie progresses, Mickey Blue Eyes draws away from comedy and more to the mobster point of view. After a deadly incident, Grant becomes the next target and the ending deals with escaping from his ordeal. Most of the movie uses subtle humor to really make people laugh (although I wouldn't call the toilet scene subtle) and the ending seemed like sort of a waste. It was too serious and too trite for a movie such as this. It wasn't funny enough and definitely was a little too "bloody" for a comedy.
But most of the movie is hilarious and the acting is great. Hugh Grant, James Caan, and Jeanne Tripplehorn are great. My only concern was that the majority of the audience at the theater were older people, which was disappointing since I am a teenager and I loved it.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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