The Mexican: Merrick Morton
EW Staff
February 13, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Mexican

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
123 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/02/01
performer
Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Bob Balaban, James Gandolfini, Gene Hackman, David Krumholtz, Luis Felipe Tovar
director
Gore Verbinski
Producers
Newmarket Capital Group, Pistolero Productions
distributor
Dreamworks Distribution L.L.C.
author
J.H. Wyman
genre
ActionAdventure, Comedy, Drama

We gave it a C+

Well, sort of. Just how much time the two megastars will actually spend on screen together remains to be seen, but the plot apparently pulls the duo apart pretty quickly. Pitt plays a hapless minion for the Mob who’s sent south of the border to pick up an ancient, cursed gun; Roberts is his girlfriend, who desperately wants him to leave the Family; Gandolfini — in his first major film role since making a killing as Tony Soprano — is the nasty hood who kidnaps Roberts to ensure that Pitt doesn’t screw up; and keep your eyes open for Hackman in a cameo appearance.

”Brad and Julia only have five or six scenes together,” says Verbinski (who directed an even cuter — and furrier — star in 1997’s ”Mouse Hunt”). ”But even when they’re separated, they talk about each other. And a little of their chemistry goes a long way.” Clearly the two stars weren’t bothered by their split screen performances — both took major salary cuts to keep the film’s budget under $40 million. ”It’s not just a star vehicle for these two,” insists producer Lawrence Bender. ”It’s a great script that both Julia and Brad really wanted to do.”

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