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Gigli (2003)

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Release Date
• USA: Aug 1, 2003
• UK: 26 Sep 2003
DVD Release Date
• R1: Dec 9, 2003
• R2: 2 Feb 2004

Budget $54,000,000

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for sexual content, pervasive language and brief strong violence.

Running Time
2 hours, 1 minute

Country USA

Studio Columbia Pictures

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• Gigli
• Tough Love

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Genre: Crime, Romance, Comedy, Kidnapping, Gay/Lesbian, Love, Gangsters, Detectives

Tagline: Murder. Blackmail. Temptation. Redemption. It's been a busy week.

Plot: Larry Gigli (Ben Affleck), a low-level hood is given a high-level assignment to kidnap Brian (Justin Bartha), the psychologically challenged younger brother of a powerful federal prosecutor to help save a mob boss from going to prison.

Hiding out in his one-bedroom apartment with Brian, Gigli is shocked when Ricki (Jennifer Lopez), a gorgeous, free-spirited female enforcer is sent to assist him because his boss thinks he’s likely to screw up.

And from that moment on, Gigli’s world is turned upside down.

Gigli finds himself falling in love with the unavailable Ricki and goes to extreme lengths to win her affection. The more she resists, the stronger the attraction becomes.

By letting their feelings get in the way of business, Gigli and Ricki set in motion an unlikely chain of events that just could endanger their plans for a long-term relationship – and their

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 External Reviews
external linkCritics can't help trashing the new Jen-and-Ben vehicle, but it deserves credit for its refreshingly frank sexuality.

external linkIt's just that there's too much time between the good scenes. Too much repetitive dialogue. Too many soulful looks. Behavior we can't believe. I wonder what would happen if you sweated 15 minutes out of this movie. Maybe it would work. The materials are there. 2.5/4
--Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)

external link"Gigli" is certainly bereft of low pleasures: It's both giggle-free and jiggle-free. Worse, it's enervated, torpid, slack, dreary and, oh yes, nasty, brutish and long.
--Stephen Hunter (Washington Post)

external linkGuys, I'm telling you: Don't go to this movie! It's "Chasing Amy" with guns! You're walking into a trap!
--Desson Howe (Washington Post)

external linkFor what is being called one of the worst films of all time, you can do a lot worse than Gigli C+
--Lee Tistaert (Lee's Movie Info)

external linkThe film is an utter disaster. There is no acting, no writing and no directing. In fact, there isn’t even a movie. 1/10
--Oktay Ege Kozak (

external linkThe film's actually not that bad. Sure, it's overlong by at least 30-minutes and there's absolutely no storyline; however, Gigli also boasts a pair of incredibly charismatic performances and some refreshingly frank adult dialogue 2.5/4
--David Nusair (Reel Film Reviews)

external linkRidiculous, obnoxious and astonishingly tedious, Gigli (pronounced Geelee as in really awful) is so unremittingly dreadful it sounds like fun. 1/5
--Jamie Russell (BBC Films)

external linkThere are some bad things about “Gigli”, like the intrusive score, the misguided retard-who-makes-the-tough-guy-rethinks-his-ways gimmick or the botched ending, but even when it doesn’t work it remains more entertaining than a lot of tidier flicks. 2.5/4
--Kevin N. Laforest (Montreal Film Journal)

external linkNow we know why Martin Brest didn’t have a screenplay produced since the 1970s. 48/100
--Brian Webster (Apollo Guide)

external linkBut like the stuffed-intestine delicacy by the same name, "Gigli" clearly has been chopped and re-formed in a vain attempt to appeal to a fan base that craves a Cinderella story. 1/4
--Jami Bernard (New York Daily News)

external linkThe rumours are true, this is one of the worst films of the year -with appallingly misjudged ‘comedy’ moments, a script that’s actually embarrassing and zero chemistry between its two stars, this isn’t even a ‘good’ bad movie. 1/5
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)

 Directed by
Martin Brest
Beverly Hills Cop, Meet Joe Black, Scent of a Woman
 Written by
Martin Brest
Beverly Hills Cop, Meet Joe Black, Scent of a Woman
Ben Affleck
Good Will Hunting, Fahrenheit 9/11, Armageddon
Jennifer Lopez
The Cell, Out of Sight, Antz
Christopher Walken
Catch Me If You Can, Sleepy Hollow, Wedding Crashers
Brian Sites
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Real Women Have Curves, Family Curse
Lainie Kazan
My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Big Hit, Beaches
Al Pacino
The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, Heat
Terry Camilleri
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Superman III, The Cars That Ate Paris
 Music By
John Powell
Shrek, Face/Off, X-Men: The Last Stand

external linkYet if all the apparently irrelevant, tiresome and flat-out painful moments were cut, the film would consist entirely of two scenes
--Mick LaSalle (San Francisco Chronicle)

external linkOK, so "Gigli" is not the worst film in years. That dubious title still goes to "Swept Away," or maybe "Freddy Got Fingered." But "Gigli" is still a huge waste of celluloid.
--Paul Clinton (CNN Showbiz)

external linkSpending time tearing this apart would yield very little as quite frankly there's far more satisfyingly bad movies out there, "Gigli" is just waste that deserves to be forgotten rather than attacked. 1/5
--Garth Franklin (DarkHorizons)

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