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Ummmm, this movie did also have Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in it, you know. Also, last we checked, Ben Affleck doesn't have blond highlights in his hair.
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Gigli is a 2003 romantic comedy film written and directed by Martin Brest, and starring Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck. It's notable for its swift change in direction: originally written strictly as a black comedy, it was rewritten to cash in on the Affleck/Lopez romance (then a major media craze) at the behest of executives.

Low-level Los Angeles mob enforcer Larry Gigli (played by Affleck; pronounced "Jee-lee") is commanded to kidnap Brian (Justin Bartha), the mentally impaired, 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. Oh, and Christopher Walken being Christopher Walken.

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Not to be confused with Gigi.


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  • Cure Your Gays: Ben Affleck is either a cure for lesbianism or an exception.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: This movie's dialogue has an unfortunate tendency to repeat itself ad nauseum.
  • Eye Scream: At one point, Ricki threatens to do this to some louts.
  • Finger in the Mail: Louis orders Larry and Ricki to send the DA one of Brian's thumbs. However, they find themselves unable to go through with it, so they break into a hospital morgue, cut a thumb off a random corpse, and send that to the DA.
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  • Magic Bullets: Either this, or that's one sturdy aquarium behind Louis when Starkman shoots him.
  • Mood Whiplash: 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.
  • No Bisexuals: Ricki is a 'lesbian' who has been with men (and does not refer to it as unpleasant, or a mistake) and falls for a heterosexual man working in the same field. As such, Gigli is not the first movie in which Ben Affleck plays a man who wins over a 'lesbian' colleague.
  • No Indoor Voice: In Al Pacino's one scene, his 'acting' involves mostly yelling every few words.
  • Poor Man's Porn: Brian ejaculates whenever he watches Baywatch.
  • Psycho Lesbian: 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.
  • Running Gag: Everybody not related to the protagonist thinks his surname is pronounced "Jiggly".
  • Soundtrack Dissonance:
    • 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 Brian, with lighthearted folk guitar playing in the background.

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