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The Italian Job
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Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Seth Green, Jason Statham, Donald Sutherland
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Paramount Pictures
Web Site: www.italianjobmovie.com
Kiddie Movie: Definitely teens and above.
Date Movie: It's good for the both out you.
Gratuitous Sex: Just Charlize in some underwear.
Gratuitous Violence: A lot of things blow up and a couple of dudes get killed.
Action: Lots of chasing going on.
Laughs: Lots of one-liners.
Memorable Scene: The ending.
Memorable Quote: Too many to list.
Directed By: F. Gary Gray
Produced By: Donald De Line

The Italian Job
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:42 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Alright, so the robberies in "The Italian Job" are a little far-fetched. Alright, far-fetched isnít the right phrasing, but I suppose the word "unbelievable" is better. But they are cool, and cool things keep "The Italian Job" as an entertaining movie for your buck. Just donít take it too seriously.

I wonít give away anything that isnít in the trailers, so I donít consider some of these things spoilers, but there are a couple of twists Iíll keep quiet about because they totally add to the fun-ness of the film. Pretty much the story goes like youíve seen: A group of thieves steal a bunch of gold in Venice by blowing a hole in the floor directly under the safe. Then the group is double-crossed by one of their own, Steve (Edward Norton), who takes all of the gold for his own. Thinking heís killed everyone else, Steve heads back to the states, but sadly for him only the elder John (Donald Sutherland) is dead. Charlie (Mark Wahlberg), the leader of the Venice heist, finds Steve in Los Angeles, and enlists the help of Stella (Charlize Theron), Johnís daughter, to team up with the rest of the crew and steal the gold back from Steve. Blah, blah, blah, things happen, they set up an elaborate plan, it gets spoiled when the neighbors have a party, and then magically they set up another plan in a couple of hours that involves three Mini Coopers, blowing a hole under an armored car so that it falls in the subway tunnels, and the ability to control all of the stoplights on their getaway route.

Yea, I know thatís a pretty basic synopsis, but thatís all you need to know to enjoy the movie because "The Italian Job" is one where all you need is some basic plot points and let the rest of the things take you through the story.

Getting past the unbelievableness of the robberies, what really makes "The Italian Job" enjoyable are the characters. Mark Wahlberg plays a calm and collected Charlie. From his running the first heist, to building the revenge heist against Steve, you see a slyness and cockiness that is needed for the leader of the gang. Charlize does a great job as the daughter looking for revenge, especially in one scene where you know she just wants to punch Steve out for killing her father, yet holds back knowing it would blow everything. Edward Norton plays the creepy Steve to the hilt, always thinking he is in control, yet not knowing what evil lurks around the corner. Then thereís Seth Green who provides most of the comedic elements as the quirky computer nerd, Lyle, who keeps the running gag that he actually invented Napster, only to have it stolen by Shawn Fanning while Lyle was napping Ė get it Ė throughout the movie.

So, for "The Italian Job," just get yourself past the outrageousness of some of the scenes and enjoy them for what they are. If you can do that you will probably find it a 4 star out of 5 movie. If youíre looking for something a little more realistic and canít get over the Napster jokes, youíll probably find it a 2 star flick. Me, sometimes I like things a little unbelievable, it just gives you more action, so Iím giving "The Italian Job" 4 stars out of 5.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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