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MADE is a hilarious take on low-level disorganized crime. Vince Vaughn nearly steals the movie as the talkative Ricky, but Jon Favreau’s stoic, likeable portrayal of the silently suffering Bobby gives viewers someone with whom to identify. The description of the story gives a clue as to the movie’s mildly moral, redemptive ending, but the worldview of MADE is basically pagan. Also, the movie contains well over 250 mostly strong obscenities, some sexuality and brief partial nudity
(PaPa, B, C, LLL, VV, SS, NN, AA, DD, MM) Pagan worldview with some moral, redemptive elements, especially in the movie’s ending; at least 282 obscenities & 14 profanities; moderate level of mostly comical violence includes two male leads constantly bicker & fight, lengthy boxing scene, boxer punches man when he gets too fresh with his girlfriend who’s “working” at a wild bachelor party, fight & scuffles in two bars, yelling, & some mild gunplay; half-naked girls dance on men’s laps while hugging men at wild bachelor party, apparent cohabitation between unmarried couple, man discovers girlfriend in bed with another man, man invites girl to bedroom where we eventually see him sitting in bubble bath, & men invite girls to hotel room, but nothing sexual really happens there; partial female nudity & partial male nudity in boxing ring; alcohol use & drunkenness depicted; smoking & cocaine use by crazy gangster; and, gangsterism, pilfering of boss’ property, deliberately disobeying employer’s orders, & constantly refusing to listen to what other people say.
Jon Favreau (SWINGERS) writes, directs and stars in MADE as Bobby, an aspiring boxer who works as a driver and gofer for a low-level organized crime outfit. He even drives his girlfriend, who works as a stripper for the outfit. Bobby works for Max, an elderly gangster played by Peter Falk. Bobby’s garrulous lifelong friend, Ricky, constantly bugs Bobby about doing bigger jobs for Max. Bobby constantly gets minor non-criminal jobs for Ricky through Max, who loathes Ricky because he’s always fouling things up.
Max finally gives a guard job in New York City to Bobby, who cajoles Max into letting Ricky come along for the ride. Of course, Ricky keeps fouling things up, mostly by the non-stop baloney that comes out of his mouth when he talks. Eventually, things come to a head, and Bobby finds out that organized crime is not what he should be doing. In fact, he’d much rather be looking out for his girlfriend’s little daughter, who’s clearly being neglected by her irresponsible mother.
MADE is a hilarious take on low-level disorganized crime, for older audiences. Vince Vaughn nearly steals the movie as the talkative, inane Ricky, but Jon Favreau’s stoic, likeable portrayal of the often silently suffering Bobby gives viewers someone with whom to identify. The description of the story gives a clue as to the movie’s mildly moral, redemptive ending, but the worldview of MADE is basically a pagan one. Also, the dialogue is filled with a constant barrage of strong foul language, so MOVIEGUIDE® cannot recommend this movie. A more God-centered protagonist, like the policeman in MAGNOLIA, would have helped.