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Not to be confused with, gigi (1958 film). For other uses, see, gigli (disambiguation). This article's lead section may not adequately summarize key points of its contents.
Please consider expanding the lead to provide an accessible overview of all important aspects of the article. Please discuss this issue on the article's talk page. Gigli ( /dili/, Jee-ly ) is a 2003 American romantic comedy film written and jennifer directed by, martin Brest and starring, ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bartha, Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and.
Popular media gave attention and interest to the film during production, primarily because Affleck and Lopez, the film's stars, were romantically involved at the time. After release, however, critical reaction was universally negative, and in the years since its release.
Gigli has been considered one of the worst films of all time. The film was also one of the most expensive box office bombs in history, grossing.2 million against.6 million budget. As of 2017, it is the last film Brest has directed, making it his longest hiatus between projects.
Contents, larry Gigli ben Affleck ) is a low-ranking, los Angeles mobster who isn't nearly as tough as he likes to act. Louis ( Lenny Venito a higher-ranking member of Gigli's organization, commands Gigli to kidnap the mentally challenged younger brother of a powerful federal prosecutor to use as a bargaining chip to save New York-based mob boss Starkman ( Al Pacino ) from prison.
Gigli successfully convinces the young man, Brian ( Justin Bartha to go off with him by promising to take him "to the Baywatch apparently a reference to the television show of that name, which seems to be Brian's singular obsession. Louis does not trust Gigli to get the job done right, so he hires a woman calling herself Ricki ( Jennifer Lopez ) to take charge.
Gigli is attracted to Ricki, but he resents both Louis' lack of faith in him and having to take orders from a woman. He is also frustrated by Brian's insistence on going to "the Baywatch" and by Ricki's being lesbian.
A suspicious detective ( Christopher Walken ) comes to the apartment to question Gigli in reference to Brian's disappearance. Gigli is further annoyed when his mother ( Lainie Kazan ) takes an immediate liking to Ricki and when the two women team up to needle him.
The events take a darker turn when Gigli and Ricki receive orders to cut off Brian's thumb, something that neither wants. Worse, Ricki's ex-girlfriend, Robin (Missy Crider shows up at Gigli's apartment, accusing Ricki of changing sexual orientation prompting her to attempt suicide by slitting her wrists and is rushed to the hospital, where she thankfully survives. While there, Gigli sneaks into the morgue and cuts off a corpse's thumb, which he sends to the prosecutor as Brian's thumb.