Things Change

Things Change

DVD - 2000
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Gino, an old Italian-American shoeshine man, is asked by the local crime chief to confess to a murder. If he agrees, he will be back on the street in three years, and the mob will give him his dream--a fishing boat of his own in Sicily. First Gino refuses, then he changes his mind. Jerry, a younger syndicate underling, is to guard him over the weekend until he can confess on Monday. The two men retire to a hotel room, where Jerry grows restless, says the hell with it, and decides to take the old guy to Tahoe for the weekend. More complications follow, of purely Mamet-ian sorts, in this combination of comedy and menace.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia Pictures Industries : Distributed by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, ♭2000, ♭1988.
ISBN: 9780767847506
0767847504
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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biffblack
Jul 03, 2016

A small movie of monumental tedium. Mamet can't direct, and his curdled sensibility makes him the wrong person to helm an allegedly whimsical comedy. Ameche doesn't have enough to do; a potentially good scene of him giving a shoeshine lesson to a young hotel butler gets scuffled by Mamet's insistence on framing the incident from the POV of the Joe Mantegna gangster character, who is BORING. Most of the picture is as stale as Mantegna's incessant stream of cigarette smoke.

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