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August 26, 2012

Saturday Night at the Movies #43 – Mean Streets and XX/XY

Filed under: Movie reviews — Mike Kueber @ 2:24 am
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Mean Streets is a 1973 drama dealing with a young man (Harvey Keitel) in NYC’s Little Italy trying to establish himself in organized crime while protecting his worthless friend (Robert De Niro) and romancing his epileptic girlfriend (Amy Robinson).  The plot is a bit implausible because De Niro is so irresponsible and self-destructive that no friend would stick with him as long as the seemingly responsible Keitel does.  I found it interesting that Keitel looks how I remember him, while De Niro looks shockingly young.  This movie was the first teaming of De Niro and director Martin Scorsese.  The Rotten Tomato critics give is a 98%, while the audience gives it 82%.  I agree with the audience and give it three stars out of four.  

XX/XY is a 2002 romantic drama that I decided to watch because it starred Mark Ruffalo, a mildly interesting actor who I saw last week in The Kids Are All Right.  Amazingly, he played essentially the same character in both movies – i.e., a ladies’ man who is a nice guy lacking in integrity.  Result – disappointing.  The Rotten Tomato critics give the film a 44% grade and the audience gives it a 43%.  Wikipedia notes, “The characters are both unsympathetic and uninteresting.”  That’s about right, and I give it only two stars out of four.

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