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The violent story about how a criminal lesbian, a tough-guy hit-man with a heart of gold, and a retarded man came to be best friends through a hostage.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 2.4/10 (32,483 voted)

Critic's Score: 18/100

Martin Brest

Stars: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bartha

Gigli, a lowly and inept hitman, is assigned a job by the mob to kidnap a mentally retarded brother of a California district attorney. Gigli abducts the brother from his mental hospital and holds him hostage in his apartment. Ricki, a "lesbian assassin", is sent to oversee Gigli's job and make sure he doesn't screw it up. Comedic high jinks ensue as the two go on the lam and start to fall in love.


Ben Affleck

Larry Gigli

Terry Camilleri

Man in Dryer

(as Terrence Camilleri)

David Backus

Laundry Customer

Lenny Venito


Robert Silver

Man in Debt

Luis Alberto Martínez

Adult Care Resident

Justin Bartha


Jennifer Lopez


Christopher Walken

Det. Stanley Jacobellis

Todd Giebenhain

High School Kid #1

Brian Sites

High School Kid #2

Brian Casey

High School Kid #3

Les Bradford

High School Kid #4

David Bonfadini

High School Kid #5

Dwight Ketchum

High School Kid #6

(as Dwight P. Ketchum)

Murder. Blackmail. Temptation. Redemption. It's been a busy week.


Official Website:
Columbia Tristar [France] |
Sony [Germany] |

Release Date: 1 August 2003

Filming Locations: Culver Studios – 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $54,000,000


Opening Weekend: $3,753,518
(3 August 2003)
(2215 Screens)

Gross: $6,068,735
(17 August 2003)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Received such bad reviews that it was dropped by every UK cinema after only one week.


When Ricky and Larry are leaving to meet Louis, she is wearing an orange-colored shirt under her jacket, but when they're with Louis and Starkman she's wearing a different shirt.


[first lines]

Larry Gigli:
You see, after all is said and done, the only thing you can be really sure of, the only thing you can really count on in this world, is that you just never fucking know.

User Review

Critics, we owe you an apology

Rating: 1/10

`Awful', `Hopeless', `Terrible', `Benifer's Gate'.

These are the words I read from some of North America's most respected
critics in my research before viewing the debacle Gigli starring Ben
and Jennifer Lopez. At first, I wondered aloud 'how bad can it be'.
all, how often does the common public agree with the harsh words of a
critic. Besides, Pacino and Walken in the same film should be enough to
generate even one star out of even the sternest critic, right. Right?

Gigli is about two unbelievable gangsters who are assigned the task of
kidnapping and watching over a prosecutors mentally challenged brother
also keeping an open eye on each other to ensure the success of the
operation. Ben plays Gigli, an accent challenged goon who is as
as Madonna in a nuns uniform, and Jennifer plays Ricky, a lesbian gangster
who is primarily hired to ensure that Gigli doesn't screw things up.

Along the way, plenty of bit characters and ridiculous side plots stymie
progress of the mission. Ricky has an ex-lover show up at the house and
attempt suicide, the gangsters ask for the thumb of the prisoner sent to
prosecutor, Gigli has to rush to his mothers house and learns that good
ma knows all about lesbians and throughout the film we are constantly
annoyed by conversations between Gigli and his crime boss, Lenny over the
phone. I could go on, but what's the point.

Gigli was one of the worst reviewed films of 2003. So I began to wonder
this film in particular ended up on everyone's poop list even though there
were plenty of worse films people were throwing good money at (Boat Trip,
Bad Boys II, Masked and Anonymous). The answer became pretty obvious.
Nothing was expected of these other entries, but Gigli had the star power
the two most talked about celebrities in Tinseltown. Throw in director
Martin Brest who has had incredible success with Scent of a Woman,
Run and Beverley Hills Cop, and sprinkle in the veteran a-list power of
Christopher Walken and Al Pacino. With a recipe as rich as these
ingredients suggest, one's expectations are set to a higher standard.
simply does not deliver the goods. The dialogue is so laughable that you
expect this film to have midnight showings a la Rocky Horror Picture Show
the next ten years, and the characters are so eccentrically hysterical
you can't help but cringe in your seat in embarrassment for all those

So now back to the critics. We, owe you an apology. Most of the year, we
read your reviews and chastise your opinions, but every once and a while,
consensus amongst your peers keeps us from going in mass and spending our
hard earned dollars on crap like this. A $6 million dollar domestic take
for Gigli is an example of the power that you possess, and for that, I
keep reading.