Hugh stumbles and mumbles as he tries to walk the thin line of getting wed to his sweetheart without getting sucked in by the Mob that her father works for. There are some really well crafted humorous scenes, and the ending is more complex and surprising that I had expected. The Italian music that runs through the flic will have you humming along after the credits roll.
I thoroughly enjoyed this light bit of fluff……….. Hugh Grant was the bumbling and charming Brit he always is, Jimmy Caan was great as the mob member daddy to Jeanne Tripplehorn.
Reviewer Hugh Grant is in someways a modern version of a comic actor who I have had problems with in viewing: Charles Butterworth. Butterworth would hem and haw, afraid of making some social faux pas while pursuing whatever business occupied his activities on screen. This diffidence while mildly amusing could get tedious after awhile. Similarly Grant will hesitate, and stammer a bit. Certainly his good looks have made him an easy leading man type whereas Butterworth always played in supporting roles.
Michael has been romancing a schoolteacher named Gina Vitale Jeanne Tripplehorn , and has finally decided to propose to her. Besides causing an unintentional series of uproars in a Chinese restaurant, he is surprised to find Gina less than enthusiastic.
Uneasily Gina agrees to the wedding, with Michael insisting that with her assistance he can avoid any real problems from Graziosi and his gang. Graziosi realizes that auctioning art can be useful as a way of laundering dirty mob money he can have debts paid by having various debtors settle what they owe by buying items the mob puts up at auction.
Here's the plot: "An English auctioneer proposes to the daughter of a mafia kingpin, only to realize that certain "favors" would be asked of him.