Directed by Harold Ramis (Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day), starring Billy Crystal, Robert
De Niro, Chazz Palminteri and Lisa Kudrow, it’s the story of mob boss Paul Vitti (De Niro), who
desperately needs to be straightened out by psychoanalyst Ben Sobel (Crystal) before he attends
an important meeting of the mob families, and before he’s killed by rival Primo Sindone
(Palminteri). Meanwhile, Sobel is trying to get married to fiancé Laura MacNamara (Kudrow),
who for obvious reasons disapproves of her future husband’s new client. Wackiness ensues. A
very funny movie, especially for fans of gangster films. De Niro and Palminteri do an amazing
job playing comic parodies of the parts they’ve played seriously in numerous other movies (such
as GoodFellas and A Bronx Tale respectively). Watch for the hilarious and extremely clever
shot-for-shot recreation of a pivotal scene in The Godfather, and try to ignore the rare scenes
where the comedy falls flat (such as Crystal’s pathetic attempt to impersonate a mobster).
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