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At Theaters: 10/11/2002 On Video: 2/25/2003
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 41 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 199904
Studio: New Line Cinema
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The film follows four sons of well-known Brooklyn-based mobsters and their desperate fight to retrieve a bag of cash in a small Montana town ruled by a corrupt sheriff. As they unite to find the money, they come face-to-face with the bloodshed and betrayal that is their birthright.
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Drama - Young adult males are the ones likely to enjoy this violent gangster drama. The content makes it inappropriate for children, and viewers sensitive to violence and strong language should steer clear.
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Cast and Crew Heading
John Malkovich THE MESSENGER: THE STORY OF JOAN OF ARC
Dennis Hopper TRUE ROMANCE, WATERWORLD
Barry Pepper THE GREEN MILE, ENEMY OF THE STATE
Seth Green AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME
Vin Diesel BOILER ROOM, PITCH BLACK, IRON GIANT
Andrew Davoli THE YARDS
Wri/Dir: David Levien ROUNDERS
Wri/Dir: Brian Koppelman ROUNDERS
Producer: Lawrence Bender GOOD WILL HUNTING, JACKIE BROWN
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 70 F-words, 12 S-words, 3 GD's, a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings and beatings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Cocaine, marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol use.
ACTION: One big shootout.
COMEDY: Some wisecracks.
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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Average "Knockaround Guys seems to think that it's a character study, or maybe an all-in-the-Family portrait on par with The Sopranos, but it has no twistiness or intrigue, and none of the juicy anthro-underworld detail that Koppelman and Levien brought to their screenplay for the tricky, enjoyable Rounders.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "Because it isn't wall-to-wall action but actually bothers to develop its characters and take an interest in them, it was not at first considered commercial by its distributor, New Line, and languished on the shelf for two years until the growing stardom of Diesel (XXX) and Pepper (We Were Soldiers) made it marketable.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Below Average "Action-farce title notwithstanding, this high-concept gangster picture tries unsuccessfully to duplicate RESERVOIR DOGS's (1992) hair-raising high-wire balance between dark comedy and violent crime thriller, undermining some entertaining performances and the script's small virtues in the process.''

Newsday  Full Review
Average "Knockaround Guys is competently paced and efficiently built. Some of it is even easy to swallow - though we're talking morsels here."

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Based on an Exit Polling of 48 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
7
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
5
Fairly High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
8
About 50/50
75%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
7
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
10
About 50/50
90%
30+Adults (F)
11
About 50/50
82%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

It wasn't a well attended movie. Too many football games on the weekend it opened.

It's actually a good thing that there weren't many people seeing this movie, because it received some fairly low opinions. They're certainly not terrible, but they're just average to below average, which isn't very good when you're spending over twenty bucks on tickets and popcorn.

This is one I would recommend waiting to see on video, unless of course you have to see Vin Diesel (some of you ladies know what I mean).

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Fans of action and Vin Diesel will be disappointed by what little there is of both in this film. Young males are more likely to enjoy the boring gangster antics than any other audience.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
A smart, powerful and at times humorous tale of four young men growing up in today's mob. Gotti's gone, the Feds are cracking down and there's no such thing as honor anymore. But for the somewhat pampered twenty-something sons of four well-known wiseguys, it goes deeper than that. When you wear an infamous last name, the legit business world isn't an option either.

Enter Matty Demaret (Barry Pepper), the reluctant scion of established Brooklyn gangster Benny Chains (Dennis Hopper). When Matty was 13-years-old, he was told by his Uncle Teddy Deserve (John Malkovich) to shoot the snitch who sent his father to prison, but found himself unable to pull the trigger. Failing to pass that initiation into adulthood, he was from then on never seriously considered for a top spot in the family business.

The problem is Matty can't make it on the outside either. His dreams of being a sports agent dashed by his infamous last name, he now finds he has no choice but to work as a low-level flunky for his uncle and father. Though he has nice clothes, a good car and a secure "job," he lacks the one thing he craves - respect.

Matty shares a similar problem with his friends Taylor (Vin Diesel), a brawny, tough guy hampered in the family by his half-Jewish descent; Chris Scarpa (Andrew Davoli), a ladies man whose restaurateur father's business is on the downswing; and Johnny Marbles (Seth Green), a fast-talking pilot who also happens to be Chris' cousin.

As the four ruminate on their lives, Matty approaches his father for one last chance to prove himself. He enlists his friend Johnny Marbles to fly across the country to pick up a badly needed cash loan of half a million dollars. The exchange goes smoothly, but on the way back to New York the plan quickly goes awry. On a refueling stop in Wibaux, Montana, Marbles panics at the sight of the local sheriff (Tom Noonan), the bag of cash turns up missing and soon Matty, Taylor and Chris must head out West to set things right.

But when the black-suited Brooklyn boys arrive to take on the local Montana populace, they find everything they thought they knew about muscle, crime and influence doesn't work well in these parts. For the first time in their lives, Matty and his friends are truly on their own and must use their wits in order to survive. As they do, the family's real knockaround guys arrive, forcing Matty and his friends to finally confront the harsh realities of family life as they come face-to-face with the past.

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