Made

Made, featuring all humans all the time, is the kind of crime comedy that you root for even as it grows progressively more irritating. It's gratifying that Jon Favreau, who wrote the script and makes his feature-directing debut, has re-teamed with his Swingers co-star Vince Vaughn without trading on the sensibilities of that 1996 cult hit, directed by Doug Liman. Favreau's Bobby and Vaughn's hot-tempered Ricky are wanna-be boxers and mobsters. When L.A. boss Max (Peter Falk) sends them to New York to make a simple delivery to a gangster named Ruiz (Sean Combs), Ricky's desire to playact The Sopranos nearly gets them killed. That's the setup for a bumpy ride that covers too much familiar ground. What works are the byplay between Favreau and Vaughn and the smash acting debut of Combs, who brings ease and charm to a crime lord who doesn't have to raise his voice to be heard. Made, which too often shouts its points, would be much improved if it followed suit.

From The Archives Issue 410: December 8, 1983