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Made reunites Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn from their 1996 cult fave Swingers and their somewhat dark, gritty misadventures has them freelancing for a longtime Mafioso head.  Favreau's directing debut is laudable for the interplay and improv between the two as they are the main reason this shaggy dog independent like film works even if the director and writer go for a less polished product.

Favreau and Vaughn play characters Bobby and Ricky who are opposites; the ladder is combustible and dot like and the former is a fidgety nervous nelly.

At the start Bobby is seen to be a has-been amateur pugilist loosely tied to the mob and fairly sensitive.  He brings his lap dancing girlfriend, Jessica (Famke Janssen of Love & Sex) to private engagements, and can't stand those who take advantage of what she offers.  Bobby's day job is at a construction site and he keeps Ricky out of trouble as the slacker rarely does what he's there for.

The reckless Ricky wants Bobby to go for bigger things in his illegal employment with crime boss Max, well played by Peter Falk.  The senior gangster has Bobby chauffeuring his girl part-time.

Max has a job for the two dissimilar friends, through he isn't happy with Bobby's goofy partner.  The mysterious task has them leaving LA for New York to meet Ruiz, a downtown gangsta acted with worldly aplomb by rap star Sean "Puffy" Combs.

Favreau hasn't scripted a multi-layered mob account and its ironic denouement feels tacked on.  The editing is consistent with the rough-hewn production qualities of Made as it becomes apparent that the director puts more emphasis on character than action as foul language takes precedence over violence especially at the conclusion of a shady scene at a bar.

In essence the director and co-star lets his good friend and producing partner range into numerous annoying variations.  But as Vaughn will drive some viewers nuts with Ricky's obnoxious ego the wacky guy retains a certain support with the onlooker.  Favreau makes their clashes plausible with a pliably understated performance, knowing that Vaughn has the meatier part.


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