Things Change (1988)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Crime, Drama


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Shoe-shiner Gino is hired to take the rap for a mafia murder. Two-bit gangster Jerry watches over Gino and gives him a weekend to remember.


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  • Joe Mantegna in Things Change (1988)
  • Don Ameche in Things Change (1988)
  • Don Ameche in Things Change (1988)
  • Don Ameche and Robert Prosky in Things Change (1988)
  • Don Ameche in Things Change (1988)

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5 July 2005 | Pamsanalyst
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| Nowhere to go
This is a quiet, enjoyable film with Mantegna playing Mantegna, the nervy, edgy man who thinks he is smarter than everyone else but needs to go back to school for a few more lessons. He is saved by Ameche, a little man who plays a fool to get by in a dangerous world, never letting anyone know if it is an act or real. He lets the cat out of the bag in the bath house scene, when he opens his mouth and out comes this magnificent version of "Return to me" but in Italian.

The film has one problem once the pair arrive in Tahoe, Mantegna passing the gentle shoe shine man off as a Capo. It's quite funny to watch everyone bow and scrape in those scenes from the arrival at the airport until they settle into their suite, but after that Mamet has a problem. Where do he go from here? The ending is predictable, but any other would have chased patrons out of the theater in anger.

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