Death, who takes the form of a young man (Brad Pitt), asks a media mogul (Sir Anthony Hopkins) to act as a guide to teach him about life on Earth, and in the process, he falls in love with his guide's daughter (Claire Forlani).
Jerry Welbach is given two ultimatums. His mob boss wants him to travel to Mexico to get a priceless antique pistol called "The Mexican" or he will suffer the consequences. The other ultimatum comes from his girlfriend Samantha, who wants him to end his association with the mob. Jerry figures that being alive, although in trouble with his girlfriend is the better alternative so he heads south of the border. Finding the pistol is easy but getting it home is a whole other matter. The pistol supposedly carries a curse - a curse Jerry is given every reason to believe, especially when Samantha is held hostage by the gay hit man Leroy to ensure the safe return of the pistol.Written by
At the start of the movie before we are introduced to Jerry and Samantha, we see a traffic light on Laurel Canyon and we hear a car crash into another car. In the restaurant bathroom scene, Samantha tells Winston that Arnold Margolese ended up in prison because Jerry ran a red light and smashed into Margolese's Cadillac which Margolese got arrest for having a person in the trunk of his car. See more »
When Sam is throwing Jerry's stuff down from the balcony, her necklace jumps in and out of the top of her shirt between shots. See more »
Let me start with saying some positive things about The Mexican. By times the dialogues were good and witty. Gandolfini is good at playing a tough gay gangster. Julia Roberts was - contrary to most commenters' opinion - quite OK in her role as emotional sponge. These last two characters were also the only ones who could make the humorous content of this movie any thing close to funny. Which brings me to the not so positive things. First of all, Brad Pitt: wouldn't I have seen an other movie he's in, I would simply have said he is crap. But maybe, as some suggested, he just cannot act in comedies. In any way, this is a very far cry from Fight Club. In the early scene between him and Roberts with the things flying out of the window, he just made me sit in bewilderment. It looked as if this was his first major film as a very bad B- actor. He may also have been a bit misdirected. In the scenes with Teddy he acts as a street- wise thug, which is quite strange considering his inaptness in being handy and communicating with the Mexicans. Of course, this is a comedy, but consequence in character should be essential. All this was compensated a bit for by the entertainment value.
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