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Friday Flick Fun: "Gigli" Is Just Really Bad

Aired August 1, 2003 - 10:51   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP -- "GIGLI")
BEN AFFLECK, ACTOR: Every relationship, there's a bull and a cow. I'm the bull, you're the cow. You got that?

JENNIFER LOPEZ, ACTRESS: Yes, I got it. Bull, cow.

JUSTIN BARTHA, ACTOR: Read to me, Larry.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: Well, now we know how he really feels. Of course, this was before Ben and Jen were an item. Those seem like harsh words. Is there chemistry between the two? We're talking about the movie "Gigli." There's some harsh critics out there. We have the man who really matters on telling us what we need to see at the theaters, and that is Mr. Moviefone, Russ Leatherman. Russ, hello.

RUSS LEATHERMAN, "MR. MOVIEFONE": Daryn, I'm the bull and you're the cow.

KAGAN: I'm the cow. Do you mean that as a term of endearment?

LEATHERMAN: I do. I really do. As did he in this really god- awful movie.

KAGAN: I mean to say this is getting picked on as like one of the worst movies of all time. First of all, people don't know how to say it. It's called "Gigli," but it's spelled like "giggly."

LEATHERMAN: Well see that's the big joke of the movie. He calls himself Gigli but everybody else calls him Giggly, and that's the big funny part.

KAGAN: Oh, that's the funny part.

LEATHERMAN: Yes, that's the good stuff. And aside from that and all the jokes coming off the semi-retarded kid, that's really the best part of this movie.

I have to tell you, Daryn, I didn't think I'd see a movie this summer that would make "From Justin to Kelly" look like a classic. But this is one of them.

It's amazing because you have two huge stars, you have a good director, you have a bug budget, and to come out with a movie that's just so absolutely flat with no charisma, it's really sort of amazing. KAGAN: All right. Well you're not the only one feeling this way. We've culled reviews from the top reviewers in the country, and let's take a look at a few of those. "The Atlanta Journal- Constitution" calls it a "pile of manure." "USA Today" gives it one star and says that "Affleck had more chemistry with Matt Damon in 'Good Will Hunting.'" And "The New York Times" calls this "hopelessly misconceived, an exercise in celebrity self-worship."

It's as if they set out to make a bad movie, they couldn't have been this successful.

LEATHERMAN: Well I think that's true. And everybody's talking about the sex scenes and the lack of chemistry. And, you know, I have to tell you There's more chemistry when my dog takes his way with the pillow on the sofa.

KAGAN: All right, OK, that's enough.

LEATHERMAN: I'm telling you, Daryn, it's really unbelievable.

And the most amazing thing is that people are really jumping on this thing, right, like every critic across the country is taking the opportunity to just hammer this movie as hard as they can, maybe because Ben and Jen did so much publicizing of themselves, of the movie, of everything else.

KAGAN: Well in fact, we did a little bit of research. We actually did find found one person who really likes this movie. So let's listen into that.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

AFFLECK: I'm proud of this movie for what it is. This is not a sequel, it's not an action picture, it's not a high concept movie, it's not a CG movie, it's not animated. It's a drama, a comedy about people and creating this sort of strange family that develops with them. And I'm really proud of the movie a and of the work. I really like it.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

KAGAN: All right. So Ben is happy. Apparently no one else is. To redeem this segment, give us a couple movies that are worth seeing this weekend, Russ.

LEATHERMAN: Well I think you can go see "American Wedding." That also open this weekend. It's the third in the "American Pie" series. And it's pretty funny. This time they're getting married, as you see there. And it's sort of the same movie with the same jokes,. But it's done in a good way and it's pretty heartwarming and sort of fun. So you'll like that one.

There's also a lot of smaller movies out there, whether it's "Whale Rider," "Bend it Like Beckham." You know everybody's kind of tired of the blockbusters right now. So look for a couple more specialty movies to go see because that's really where the good stuff is right now.

KAGAN: And that's what we'll do. Thank you for your insight, as we like to say around here, Russ, Mr. Moviefone.

LEATHERMAN: See you next week.

KAGAN: OK, we'll see you next week.

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