K.C. Bailey
Gregory Kirschling
September 05, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Romance & Cigarettes

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
115 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/07/07
performer
Steve Buscemi, James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Eddie Izzard, Mandy Moore, Mary-Louise Parker, Aida Turturro, Christopher Walken
director
John Turturro
distributor
United Artists (MGM)
author
John Turturro
genre
Comedy, musical

We gave it an C-

It’s possible that only an actor could talk so many other good actors into looking this ridiculous on screen. Somehow, director John Turturro persuaded James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Christopher Walken, and Mary-Louise Parker (among others) to lip-synch and dance through his unmagical quasi-musical about a Queens construction worker (Gandolfini) and his affair with a really crude cockney (Winslet, proving once and for all that she can be good in anything). With Walken around, hair up high, of course there are fleeting moments of fascinating weirdness, but even then, you’re still moderately embarrassed for the cast.

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