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Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)



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I've seen Hugh Grant in a number of movies, and I'm still trying to figure out where his strengths are. In one role, he can excel, while another similar role requires a subtle change of approach that he can miss. Mickey Blue Eyes, thankfully, features Grant in exactly the role he's best in. He can play ordinary characters thrust into the shakiest of situations well and be quite funny doing it. In Mickey Blue Eyes, he finds himself forced by events out of his control to try to play the mob against his gentlemanly employer, his beloved fiancee, and itself. In spite of his most earnest of efforts, his predicament escalates wildly out of control, and Grant is simply hilarious to watch. He and the supporting cast, that includes James Caan, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Joe Viterelli, make a crucial correct decision to play everything straight. Funny stuff.