2 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars
For what it's worth, this could be Schumacher's best film. There's no stylised-to-oblivion cartoon sensationalism, none of the knee-jerk politics of Falling Down; just two lonely men in a big bad city (New York, natch), and a couple of involved performances from De Niro and Hoffman, one bearing a speech impediment, the other wearing a dress. The story's an opposites-repel number, a chaste male love story charting the reluctant meeting of minds of homophobic cop Walt and ballsy drag diva Rusty, tenement-block neighbours who spend their spare time squabbling across the courtyard that separates them. An uninvolving mob-loot plot, which mostly keeps itself in the background, intercedes to leave the policeman crippled by a stroke. Too ashamed to seek help from his friends, he grudgingly shuffles upstairs and supplicates Rusty for singing lessons by way of therapy. A palatably mainstream critique of pride, prejudice and identity barriers, it's unexceptional material; indeed, it might seem drab were it not for the leads. De Niro pulls out a couple of stops, and Hoffman has a ball.

By: NB



Release details

Release date:
Friday November 28 2008
108 mins

Cast and crew

Joel Schumacher, Michael Radford
Joel Schumacher, Edward Anderson
Robert De Niro
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Barry Miller
Chris Bauer
Skipp Sudduth
Wilson Jermaine Heredia
Nashom Benjamin
Scott Allen Cooper
Demi Moore
Lambert Wilson
Michael Caine
Joss Ackland
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