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[[caption-width-right:296:Ummmm, this movie did also have Creator/AlPacino and Creator/ChristopherWalken in it, you know. Also, last we checked, Ben Affleck doesn't have blond highlights in his hair.]]

''Gigli'' is a 2003 romantic comedy film written and directed by Martin Brest, and starring Music/JenniferLopez and Creator/BenAffleck.

Low-level UsefulNotes/LosAngeles mob enforcer Larry Gigli (played by Affleck; pronounced "Gee-lee") is commanded to kidnap Brian (Justin Bartha), the mentally impaired, ''Series/{{Baywatch}}''-obsessed brother of a district attorney trying to bring down a mob lord and hold him hostage. Gigli's boss doesn't think he'll be able to handle the kid alone, though, so he has assassin Ricki (Lopez) join him. Gigli is attracted to Ricki, but she turns out to be a lesbian and, as such, rebuffs him. Much of the remaining film time comprises the three hanging around Gigli's apartment, receiving threatening phone calls and break-ins from Gigli's boss and the police, and occasionally venturing to locales such as an outdoor diner and hospital, with strong emphasis placed on the romance between Ricki and Gigli and some rather strange lines.

Originally written strictly as a black comedy, [[ExecutiveMeddling it was rewritten to cash in on the Affleck/Lopez romance (then a major media craze) at the behest of executives]].
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!!Tropes:
* BloodyHilarious: [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Gigli_2003.aspx?Page=7 This loving close-up of the fish in the aquarium eating pieces of Louis' brain.]]
* BoomHeadshot: Al Pacino's scene has him doing this to a mob boss.
* ClusterFBomb
* CureYourGays: Ben Affleck is either a cure for lesbianism or [[IfItsYouItsOK an exception]].
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: This movie's dialogue has an unfortunate tendency to repeat itself ''ad nauseum''.
* EyeScream: At one point, Ricki threatens to do this to some louts.
* FingerInTheMail: Louis orders Larry and Ricky to send the DA one of Brian's thumbs. However, they find themselves unable to go through with it, so they cut off a random corpse's thumb and send that in.
* {{Gayngster}}: Ricki; a female Gayngster, for a change.
* HollywoodTourettes: Brian.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: This might be the case with Larry and Ricki.
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Brian.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: "Gigli" is supposed to be pronounced "zheely".
* LargeHam: Al Pacino's Mr. Starkman.
* LipstickLesbian: Ricki.
* MagicBullets: Either this, or that's an extremely sturdy aquarium behind Louis when Starkman shoots him.
** He IS a mob boss... All the glass in his house is probably bulletproof.
* MisplacedNamesPoster: Since when is Ben Affleck female or Jennifer Lopez male?
* MoodWhiplash: The film's tone changes numerous times at the drop of a hat, perhaps most noticeably with a lighthearted scene with one of Ricki's ex-girlfriends ... who slits her wrists in front of her and Larry after a minute or so.
* NeverTrustATrailer
* NoBisexuals: Ricki is a 'lesbian' who has been with men (and does not refer to it as unpleasant, or a mistake) and falls for a professional counterpart played by Ben Affleck.
** ''Gigli'' is [[Film/ChasingAmy not the first movie]] in which Affleck has stolen the heart of a 'lesbian' either.
* NoIndoorVoice: Al Pacino's 'acting' in his one scene is mostly made up of him yelling every few words.
* PoorMansPorn: Brian ejaculates whenever he watches ''Series/{{Baywatch}}''.
* PsychoExGirlfriend: Robin.
* PsychoLesbian: Ricki's ex-girlfriend Robin. She turns up at Gigli's door, demands Ricki take her back and when she refuses, she slits her wrists.
* RunningGag: Everybody not related to him thinks the protagonist's surname is pronounced "Jiggly".
* SmugSnake: Larry Gigli pretends to be much tougher than he really is.
* SoundtrackDissonance: A lengthy reflection on human sexuality by Ricki in which she compares the penis to a sea slug and the vagina to a human mouth is accompanied by a soft, mellow, romantic guitar ballad.
** There's also Ricki giving a speech about killing off the hostage, while a lighthearted folk guitar plays in the background.
* StalkerWithACrush: Robin
* ToThePain: At one point, Ricki intimidates a bunch of hooligans by threatening to tear out their eyes in a way that causes brain damage.
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