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The Quickie (2001)

Cast: Vladimir Mashkov, Vladimir Mashkov, Jennifer Jason Leigh, more...
Director: Sergei Bodrov, Sergei Bodrov
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Studio: Monarch Video
Genre: Drama, Foreign, British Drama, Crime, UK
Running Time: 95 min.
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Synopsis
A gangster finds his professional, family, and romantic lives all taking unexpected turns in this offbeat suspense drama. Oleg (Vladimir Mashkov) is a kingpin in the Russian Mafia who has decided to get out of the business and move to the United States, buying a posh estate in Southern California as a retirement home. Oleg's mother, Anna (Lesley Ann Warren), was once a well-known dancer who was just 14 when she gave birth to him; only a few years later, she fled the Soviet Union, leaving Oleg behind. Today, the much-married Anna is living in California and dating Miguel (Jsu Garcia), a political activist from Peru, though she remains close with her third husband, Michael (Dean Stockwell), and their son, Alex (Henry Thomas). Oleg is also on good terms with Alex, and at a party at Oleg's new mansion, he announces that he'd decided to turn his share of the business over to Alex, much to the disappointment of Anna, who imagined the responsibility (and the money) would be going to her. Oleg soon realizes someone has it in for him, as he begins receiving threatening telephone calls and mysterious packages in the mail; adding to his discomfort, Oleg finds that his new home is overrun with roaches. Oleg calls an exterminating service, and to his surprise, they send over Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh), an attractive young woman who is to spray the home for bugs. Despite the constant activity around him, Oleg hasn't a wife or a girlfriend, and he finds he's quite taken with Lisa. Throwing caution to the wind, he decides to offer her a sizable tip along with the standard exterminator's fee if she'd be willing to sleep with him. Vladimir Mashkov's performance in The Quickie earned him the Best Actor prize at the 2001 Moscow Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Too slow and then too quick. by bacchus68 March 18, 2003 - 1:31 AM PST
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The synopsis of the movie is a bit misleading as lisa (jennifer jason leigh's) part doesn't appear(or interact fully at the very least) till the middle of the film. Also the synopsis makes the movie sound like its some russian version of indecent proposal which it is anything but.

It actually plays more like a soprano's type thing where the mob boss is going through a serious mid-life crisis(depression) on the eve of his retirement. It is a story about the disfunctional family he has and the utter emptiness of the life he has built up. Then we see Jennifer(lisa). One thing I have to admit upfront is I am a big fan of Jennifer Jason Leigh. She really hits the nail on the head with this film as far as her small performance in it. I only wish the film would have covered her backstory a bit more. By the end of the movie you will be scratching your head about her character.

basically once lisa shows up the characters start to interact and open up all their insecurities and expose the life they really lead more and more while she is around. The movie fimally starts to kick into high gear. Until then it is a slower moving film and in the end it wasn't satisfying enough for me to give it a high rating as a film.

As acting performances go I think the mob boss and the other actors did a great job including dead stockwell doing a great performance as narrator and a terminal wheelchair bound person. I did think the characterizations were well on but the story around them just not fleshed out enough to make the story compelling enough for a good film.




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