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"GIGLI"
(2003) (Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
*Minor Heavy Extreme Moderate Heavy
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Moderate Minor None Heavy Extreme
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Extreme None None Moderate Heavy


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: Two criminal "contractors" find themselves drawn to each other while holding an autistic young man hostage for their crime figure boss.
PLOT:
Larry Gigli (BEN AFFLECK) is a "contractor" who works for a local criminal, Louis (LENNY VENITO). His latest assignment is to kidnap an autistic young man, Brian (JUSTIN BARTHA), from his group home. That's because Louis' criminal associate, Starkman (AL PACINO), is under investigation by a federal prosecutor whose brother just so happens to be Brian, and Louis figures the hostage situation might make the feds back off.

Thus, Larry convinces Brian to come with him and they head back to his place where they run into Ricki (JENNIFER LOPEZ). She states that Louis has hired her to make sure Larry does his job and soon the two are babysitting Brian who's obsessed with going to the beach to see the stars of "Baywatch."

Since Ricki is so alluring, Larry tries to hit on her, but quickly learns that she's a lesbian. That doesn't deter him, however, from continuing to pursue and trying to convince her to have sex with him. As their repartee proceeds, they eventually grow fond of Brian, thus potentially endangering their employment and lives, as they must then deal with both Louis and Starkman.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of Affleck and/or Lopez (and want to see the couple together onscreen) or anyone else in the cast, they just might.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For sexual content, pervasive language and brief strong violence.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • BEN AFFLECK plays a low-level hood with few friends who kidnaps Brian under orders from Louis but finds himself falling for and trying to convert Ricki from being a lesbian into his lover. He initially has a bad attitude toward Brian, but somewhat changes his ways. He uses strong profanity and has sex with her.
  • JENNIFER LOPEZ plays a no-nonsense lesbian enforcer hired by Louis to make sure Larry does his job. She uses strong profanity, has sex with Larry, and wants to ensure Brian's safety.
  • LENNY VENITO plays the criminal boss who hires them and orders for Brian's kidnapping to help Starkman. He uses strong profanity.
  • JUSTIN BARTHA plays an autistic young man who must contend with being taken out of his familiar environment and is obsessed with the seeing the stars of "Baywatch." He uses strong profanity.
  • AL PACINO plays a criminal type in trouble with the feds who murders a man and uses strong profanity.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated drama. Profanity consists of at least 123 "f" words, while other expletives and many colorful phrases are used. Sexually explicit dialogue (about body parts, intercourse, lesbianism and oral sex, etc.) is present in several scenes (occasionally with some suggestive body positioning), while a couple appears to have sex onscreen (mostly clothed, but with movement and passionate kissing). Various women are seen in small/revealing bikinis.

    Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, including one who murders another and others who kidnap an autistic young man (some of whom use disparaging terms about his condition). A woman attempts to commit suicide by slitting her wrists (seen with blood) while a person cuts off a corpse's thumb (no blood, but potentially disturbing).

    Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Louis has what looks like a drink.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • A woman takes a large kitchen knife and slits her wrists (seen), with resultant blood flow (she lives).
  • We see bodies in body bags in morgues where Larry goes to cut off a corpse's thumb (to be used in place of Brian's). We see him starting to saw at the thumb with a scalpel and then hear the rest of the sawing sound (there's no blood).
  • A man takes a gun another man was wearing and waves it around as he discusses an issue. He then shoots that other man in the forehead, killing him (with bloody results as we see blood run down the dead man's face from the hole as well as blood splatter on the front of an aquarium and some sort of bloody human tissue floating in the aquarium that a fish eats).
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Larry and Ricki are "contractors" who work for criminal boss Louis. They end up kidnapping Brian for him.
  • Louis is some sort of criminal with a perturbed, bad attitude who orders the kidnapping and more.
  • Starkman is a criminal of some sort who murders a man.
  • Larry isn't nice to Brian, calling him disparaging names and having no patience for his mental condition (he eventually changes his ways somewhat, however). For instance, he says, "You little f*cking retard" and calls him "stupid."
  • Some young punks in a restaurant give Larry a hard time.
  • Louis refers to Brian as "the retard."
  • Louis wants Larry and Ricki to cut off Brian's thumb as part of the kidnapping ploy.
  • A person refers to a lesbian as "Stone cold dyke" and "Dyka-saurus Rexi."
  • Starkman refers to Brian (who's not present) as a "retard."
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" might also be unsettling or suspenseful to some viewers.
  • A woman takes a large kitchen knife and slits her wrists (seen), with resultant blood flow (she lives).
  • A man takes a gun another man was wearing and waves it around as he discusses an issue. He then shoots that other man in the forehead, killing him (with bloody results as we see blood run down the dead man's face from the hole as well as blood splatter on the front of an aquarium and some sort of bloody human tissue floating in the aquarium that a fish eats). That gunman still has the gun as he chats (not so happily) with Larry and Ricki who aren't sure if he's going to shoot them.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handgun: Used to shoot a man in the head, killing him, and then carried in a somewhat menacing fashion (we don't initially know if he'll use it on two other people - but he doesn't).
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Just never f*cking know," "Get the f*ck out of here," "F*cking up," "I don't give a f*ck," "You f*cking roach," "F*ck this city," "You f*cking idiot," "I can't f*cking believe this," "F*ck up," "I don't know who the f*ck you are," "Shut the f*ck up," "Dumb f*ck," "F*ck you," "You little f*cking retard," "F*ck with the bull, get the horn," "F*ck that," "Quit f*cking around," "Don't you f*ck this up," "Who the f*ck is this?" "What the f*ck is going on over there?" "You f*cking dummy," "Mind your own f*cking business," "Fat f*cking head," "That's f*cking bullsh*t," "Twenty-f*cking first century," "You don't f*ck around," "All bullsh*t," "What a sh*thole," "Just don't give a sh*t," "You piece of sh*t," "Suck my d*ck dot-com," "Clam licker," "Stone cold dyke" and "Dyka-saurus Rexi" (all 3 for lesbian), "God bless you penis," "Nuts" (crazy), "Babe (magnet)," "Jerk-off," "Dame," "Idiot," "Just to piss you off," "Dopey," "Bitch," "Kick your ass," "Shut up," "Blow me," "Sucks," "Jackass," "Pissed," "Scumbags," "Retard," "Morons," "Half-wit" and "Get the hell out of here."
  • Larry threatens to put a gagged man through a spin in an industrial clothes dryer (to make him talk, and he's already in it).
  • Ricki shows cleavage in her midriff-revealing top.
  • Larry has various tattoos on his body.
  • Brian grabs his own clothed crotch while doing a rap number.
  • A woman takes a large kitchen knife and slits her wrists (seen), with resultant blood flow (she lives) as a means of getting back at her lover who spurned her.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • A man suddenly shoots another man.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • A song has at least 1 use of the "f" word in it.
  • Brian sings lyrics from the Sir Mix-A-Lot song "Baby Got Back" (about big rear ends on women and the singer's aroused reaction to them, including the line, "I like big butts").
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 123 "f" words (2 used sexually as are the terms "do you" and "making it"), 14 "s" words, 2 slang terms using male genitals ("d*ck" and "c*ck"), 1 for female genitals ("p*ssy"), 7 asses (1 used with "hole"), 1 hell, 13 uses of "Oh my God," 2 of "God" and 1 use each of "G-damn" and "Jesus Christ."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Ricki shows cleavage in her midriff-revealing top.
  • While talking to himself in the mirror but acting as if he's talking to Ricki, Larry says, "Wanna see the horn?" (after earlier telling her, "F*ck with the bull, get the horn").
  • Larry and Ricki share a bed (he's shirtless), but she tells him he's not her type. When he asks what's wrong with him, she responds, "Your penis." She then informs him that she's a lesbian. She then mockingly says that if she wasn't gay, she get under the covers and "do you."
  • Brian says, "That's where the sex is" when referring to Baywatch.
  • A drawing of a woman shows cleavage.
  • We see Ricki in a rather short skirt.
  • Larry's mom shows abundant cleavage and we see part of her butt cheek (and that she's wearing a thong) as Larry gives her a shot in her rear.
  • When Larry tells his mom that Ricki is a lesbian, his mom says she can tell Ricki has been with guys before. She then adds that she (the mom) used to be quite experimental in her youth.
  • We see Ricki in a sports bra (that shows cleavage) and small and tight shorts as she exercises and does various stretches (some of them sexually suggestive considering the context of the following discussion). Larry says he doesn't want to be dipping into the sisterhood (referring to her being a lesbian) and Ricki jokingly says that the problem with men is that they "give terrible head." Larry then says that it takes a man to satisfy a woman (biologically) and comments on the sexual appliances women use to compensate for what they want and don't have. There's then talk of the penis going into the dark, deep and mysterious unknown. Ricki then sarcastically asks if men are on the top of the "must f*ck pyramid." She then goes talking about the female body and its various parts, and then compares the penis to a bizarre sea slug or a long toe. She adds that it's not at the top of her erotic destinations. She then adds that kissing is what's important and then asks Larry what the mouth is the twin sister of. She then replies for him, saying "the vagina" and mentions the secret mystery between a woman's legs "that I call my p*ssy." As she says all of this, she's in various exercise/sexual positions on the floor, such as on her back with her legs spread.
  • When wanting to speak to Ricki, Louis tells Larry, "Put the clam-licker on."
  • We see Ricki's bare back through the glass shower door as she showers.
  • Ricki's former lover has a bad attitude toward Larry (thinking Ricki is with him now). She then tells the other two, "We can all f*ck, we can all have sex" and then tells Larry, "You know you want it."
  • Not happy with Larry's answer of "sure" for "yes," Ricki thinks that his answer would be a definite yes if she said she'd "suck your c*ck for twelve hours" and whether that would give him great pleasure.
  • Ricki asks Larry if he's gay (based on how he looks at his fingernails).
  • Larry and Ricki passionately kiss on a bed and she grabs his clothed nipple, prompting him to tell her she needs a woman. She responds, "I thought you wanted to be my bitch." She then says that it's "turkey time" and adds, "Gobble, gobble" as she swings her thighs open and shut while lying back. She continues, "Lay some of that sweet hetero-lingus on me" (oral sex). He then has performance doubts, saying that women know what women want and thus as a man he should be given a handicap like in golf. They then do more passionate kissing with him on top of her (mostly in head and shoulders shots). They then alternate who's on top (with her bare leg up along his body when he is) and she removes his shirt while she is. We then see various shots of sexual movement with her on top (still in a robe), and then them in bed afterwards where he states, "God bless you penis" (repeating a line Brian said earlier).
  • When Larry says he has a fantasy (nonsexual), Ricki jokingly wonders if it's "making it" with a guy.
  • We see various young women in bikinis, first from a distance and then up close where they show varying amounts of skin (some in skimpy bikinis).
  • Larry and Ricki do some passionate kissing.
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • None.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • People who are mentally challenged like Brian.
  • Attempted suicide.
  • Brian has Tourette's syndrome (rapid-fire cussing).
  • Homosexuality (Ricki states she's a lesbian, but must be bisexual as she has sex with Larry).
  • VIOLENCE
  • Larry threatens to put a gagged man through a spin in an industrial clothes dryer (to make him talk, and he's already in it).
  • Larry pushes Brian back against a wall.
  • Larry breaks a punk's laptop computer.
  • Larry's mom slaps him in a motherly way.
  • A woman takes a large kitchen knife and slits her wrists (seen), with resultant blood flow (she lives).
  • Larry goes to cut off a corpse's thumb in a morgue (to be used in place of Brian's). We see him starting to saw at the thumb with a scalpel and then hear the rest of the sawing sound (there's no blood).
  • A man takes a gun another man was wearing and waves it around as he discusses an issue. He then shoots that other man in the forehead, killing him (with bloody results as we see blood run down the dead man's face from the hole as well as blood splatter on the front of an aquarium and some sort of bloody human tissue floating in the aquarium that a fish eats).



  • Reviewed July 23, 2003 / Posted August 1, 2003

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