The Mexican

Released 2001


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Gore Verbinski
The Mexican is a 2001 romantic comedy about Jerry (Brad Pitt), a Mafia grunt whose life seems to consist of varying good and bad luck. One of his most infamous bursts of bad luck occured when Jerry caused a traffic accident. He might have just escaped with some bruises, but instead Jerry wound up hitting Arnold Margolese (Gene Hackman), a notorious Mafia boss. Since the accident caught the attention of the police and saw Margolese locked away in jail, Jerry is still trying to pay off his debt to the mob. During the five years since the accident, Jerry has been carrying out menial tasks under the watchful eye of Margolese's henchman, Bernie (Bob Balaban). Jerry just has one more task to carry out before he is a free man, much to the relief of his dissatisified girlfriend, Samantha (Julia Roberts). All Jerry has to do is retrieve an antique pistol from Mexico, but when Samantha wounds up kidnapped and it turns out the pistol is cursed, he wonders if he will ever manage to free himself from his complicated situation.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The movie's biggest strength is a story that refuses to quit and almost makes sense within its own screwball logic.

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    An intensely whimsical shaggy-dog crime story that ricochets between goofy violence and some endearing personal moments.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    If The Mexican proves anything, it's that eccentric features need a particularly delicate touch to be successful. With a film like this, how close you come doesn't matter: Off by a...

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Love & Romance, Crime, Romantic Comedy, san diego california