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The Matador
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Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: The Weinstein Company
Kiddie Movie: Lots of sex, nudity, and the movie's about an assassin.  What do you think?
Date Movie: Fun for both the dudes and dudettes.
Gratuitous Sex: Quite a bit.
Gratuitous Violence: We don't really see people getting assassined, but we know it happens.
Action: Not much chasing going on.
Laughs: Lots of them, especially in the form of one-liners.
Memorable Scene: Julian showing Danny how the fact that everyone eventually has to pee, which can be very beneficial to an assassin.
Memorable Quote: Bean: "Do you think he'd let me see his gun?"
Directed By: Richard Shepard
Produced By: Pierce Brosnan, Beau St. Clair, Sean Furst, Bryan Furst

The Matador
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:36 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
When Stu Gotz and I were discussing what movie to review first for the debut of "Stu and The Dude Review the Movies for You," it was a toss-up between "Underworld: Evolution," or "The Matador." We opted for the vampire movie, and that review will be coming soon, and I figured Iíd end up just waiting for the DVD of "The Matador" to come out to catch it. Then The Dude on the Left called me in the morning and asked if I was going to see a movie. I wasnít planning on it, figured I would spend the day tightening up the animation for our upcoming movie review video podcast, but a break from my computer screen seemed like a nice change, I wasnít in the mood for the epic "The New World," and suggested "The Matador." The Dude on the Left really didnít care what movie we went to, especially since The Bears got eliminated from the playoffs, he just wanted to get out of the house. So, off we were, The Dude on the Left and I, off to see "The Matador."

When I saw the trailer for "The Matador," I thought about the news that Pierce Brosnan would no longer be James Bond, and then I thought to myself, "Self, Pierce is going to need to do some bizarre roles so that I wonít be watching a movie and saying ĎHey, thatís James Bond!í" "The Matador" really accomplished this. In this movie, Pierce is Julian. Heís an assassin for hire. Other than the meaningless sex, drinking too much, seeing exotic locations, and killing people, his life is in the dumps. Julian truly realizes this when his associate wishes him "Happy Birthday" and Julian didnít even realize it was his birthday. Drunk in his hotel room, he pulls out his black book looking for a friend to talk to, only to find he has no friends. What to do? Well, heís in Mexico City and finds a whore house. Good times. The movie also has Greg Kinnear as a businessman, Danny, on the brink of ruin but married to a good woman, Bean (Hope Davis). He finds himself in Mexico City with his business partner, trying to land a new deal to get his financial life back together. Danny meets up with Julian in the hotel bar after Julianís two hours of fornication and tries to start some small-talk with Julian. Julian, not one to really talk to people, pushes Danny away, then begs him to stay because he begins to realize that sometimes itís just nice to talk to someone.

As things go, Danny is stuck in Mexico City, and Julian and Danny begin to pal around together, Danny isnít really freaked out that Julian is an assassin, especially when Julian shows him a scenario how it can be done, at least until Julian asks Danny for help in taking out his next mark. They part ways, and go on with their merry lives.

The problem now is Julian is burnt out as his job as an assassin, botches a job, and now they powers that be for him want him dead. Not knowing where to turn, he heads to Denver to find the only friend he has, namely Danny, where he, Danny and Bean enjoy a nice night of getting liquored up. But Julian needs some real help, and Danny eventually goes along with him so that Julian can get the price off of his head.

Wow, that was a long synopsis, and I donít think I gave anything away, but "The Matador" turned out to be a pretty funny comedy with some dark topics (it is about an assassin anyway). Danny and Julian become friends because, as Julian puts it, Danny is the exact opposite of him. Danny, and especially Bean, find what Julian does fascinating. Morally wrong to them, but fascinating nonetheless.

Whatís great in this movie are the many one-liners, the funny situations both Danny and Julian get in, and the growing friendship Danny and Julian begin to share. Pierce does a fabulous job as Julian, in getting out of the James Bond role, although he does kill some people, and Greg Kinnear as Danny does a great job being able to convey a wonder at what Julian does for a living because it is exciting, yet still being freaked by it.

Lots of laughs, some nudity and sex, and just a fun adult comedy is what you get with "The Matador." And, oh yea, a well-placed song by the super-group Asia.  Iím giving it 4 stars out of 5.

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

 

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