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Safe Men (1998)

Cast: Sam Rockwell, Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn, more...
Director: John Hamburg, John Hamburg
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Studio: MCA Home Video
Genre: Comedies, Farce, Crime, Capers
Running Time: 88 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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A case of mistaken identity forces a pair of lounge singers to pose as safecrackers in this farce. Sam (Sam Rockwell) and Eddie (Steve Zahn) are hapless musicians; Frank (Mark Ruffalo) and Mitchell (Josh Pais) are expert safecrackers. But when local Jewish gangster Big Fat Bernie Gayle (Michael Lerner) dispatches his henchman, Veal Chop (Paul Giamatti), to trick the safecrackers into service, the hapless Veal Chop can't tell the difference. In the end, Sam and Eddie are forced to go along with Veal Chop's mistake and perform three separate robberies for the imposing Big Fat Bernie. During their very first mission -- to rob the safe of local fence Good Stuff Leo (Harvey Fierstein) -- they're apprehended by Hannah (Christina Kirk), Leo's affable, deadpan daughter. Hannah lets the guys go, but sparks fly between her and Sam. It just so happens, however, that real safecracker Frank is her ex-boyfriend, and that she's sworn off dating criminals for life. The coincidences, double crosses, and unlikely romance culminate in the bar mitzvah of Bernie's son, Little Big Fat Bernie (Michael Schmidt), whose present is the Stanley Cup -- the actual hockey trophy -- which was stolen from Good Stuff Leo by the reluctant Sam and Eddie. Shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, Safe Men marked the writing and directing debut of future Meet the Parents and Zoolander scribe John Hamburg. The film also gave a pre-stardom Mark Ruffalo one of his first featured roles. Sam Rockwell and Josh Pais previously appeared together in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie. ~ Brian J. Dillard, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Says: The caper spoof Safe Men disappeared quickly from public view first time around, barely making it to theaters before being deposited on home video - in fact, it's just now making its way to DVD - but with a game cast and some hilarious comic moments, it's much better than that history would lead one to believe. The film utilizes to perfection the deapan talents of Sam Rockwell and Steve Zahn, well-teamed here as lounge lizards forced to pretend they're safecrackers to avoid being whacked by a Jewish mobster (Michael Lerner), as well as Mark Ruffalo (wearing a "sweet 'stache"), Harvey Fierstein and Paul Giamatti as Veal Chop, Lerner's put-upon toadie. In short order... read the rest on Guru.

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One reason by Ptaines January 7, 2009 - 3:29 PM PST
There's a reason this film disappeared so fast from theaters. It's boring. It's annoying. It's slow. It's poorly written. Too much dialogue is whispered and is inaudible. It looks like everyone tried hard,but it there just isn't anything there. Okay, that's more than one reason so I'll stop now, but I could go on.

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