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Alas, most of the surprise and the wit to be found here ends with the title. Produced and distributed by Miramax, it's another quirky thriller like The Usual Suspects (albeit slightly better) that got green lighted because of Tarantino's success—an exercise without much point or originality except stylishness (not to be confused with style). A retired criminal (Andy Garcia) is recruited by his former boss (Christopher Walken) to frighten the new boyfriend of his son's ex-girlfriend, a plan that goes awry when a borderline nut case (Treat Williams) in Garcia's team of hoods gets carried away. Directed by first-timer Gary Fleder from a screenplay by Scott Rosenberg; the remainder of the predictable if serviceable cast includes Christopher Lloyd, William Forsythe, Bill Nunn, Jack Warden, Gabrielle Anwar, Fairuza Balk, and, yep, Steve Buscemi.

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