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not ‘Mickey’s’ style
By Patrick Kelly
With each film he makes, Hugh
Grant becomes less of an actor and
more of a caricature.
In role after role, he plays the
bumbling, yet witty, romantic lead.
Unfortunately, “Mickey Blue Eyes”
is no different. The film is a paint-by
numbers work that offers no real sur
Grant plays Michael Felgate, a
sophisticated art house auctioneer
who is madly in love. He proposes to
his girlfriend, Gina, who initially
turns him down.
Gina (Jeanne Tripplehorn) is hes
itant because she doesn’t want
Michael to get too close to the family
business, which happens to be orga
nized crime. Gina accepts when
Michael promises to steer clear of the
gangster lifestyle and the influence of
his fiiture father-in-law, Frank (James
However, Michael’s art house
soon becomes the front for a money
laundering operation. He also
becomes involved in a murder, thus
plunging himself into the mob
The setup for the comedic aspects
of the film become blatantly obvious.
Grant is the typical fish-out-of-water.
He’s foppish and dainty compared to
the tough gangsters he must attempt
Fortunately, since Grant really
has only one personality, he has
developed it quite well. He delivers
some dry dead-pan lines with his
usual British flair, and he provides a
nice contrast to the rest of the cast.
However, Grant’s character is the
only one to be developed - one of the
film’s most prominent flaws. The
film has a strong supporting cast,
including Burt Young (Paulie from
the “Rocky” movies) as the aging
Mafioso, Scott Thompson (“The
Kids in the Hall”) as an FBI agent and
a cast of gangster-movie character
actors. But these characters exist
more as set-pieces than vital compo
nents to the movie.
The most underused actor in the
film is Caan. It’s a sad day for mob
movies when Sonny Corleone’s
strengths go unnoticed.
me love story also remains
under-developed. No real chemistry
exists between Grant and
Tripplehorn. Grant constantly
reminds the audience about his love
for Gina. However, that love doesn’t
seem to be reciprocated. Only at the
very beginning and the very end is
this romantic comedy remotely
In fact, the only entertaining on
screen duo is Caan and Grant. Their
best scenes can be seen in the trailers
in which Caan coaches Grant on the
art of looking and sounding tough.
In the end, the film becomes too
dark to be considered romantic and
too sappy to be considered a gritty
Title: “Mickey Blue Eyes”
Stars: Hugh Grant, James Caan and
Director: Kelly Makin
Rating: PG-13 (Language, violence)
Five Words: An offer you can refuse
In his preparation for the world of
organized crime, Michael makes a
mental note to rent “GoodFellas,”
“Casino” and “The Godfather” trilo
gy. In retrospect, that was the best
insight the movie had to offer.
Jeanne Tripplehorn stars as Hugh Grants reluctant fiance-to-be in the not-so-romantic-comedy “Mickey Blue Eyes.”
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