Friday, September 02, 2005

Mikey and Nicky (1976)

Excellent acting cannot save this stagnant piece about the faltering friendship of two low-level hoods. The first half cruises for a while on the strength of its two leads (Peter Falk and John Cassavetes, who have a polished chemistry that makes their roles believable), but after some time it becomes clear that writer/director Elaine May didn't quite know where to go with this once she set up the basic conflicts. The film thus becomes an exercise in wheel-spinning. Great first act, great ending, shame about the stuff in the middle.

Grade: C+


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