The film follows four sons of well-known Brooklyn-based mobsters and their desperate fight to retrieve a bag of cash in a small Montana town ruled by a corrupt sheriff. As they unite to find the money, they come face-to-face with the bloodshed and betrayal that is their birthright.
Out of the Hollywood fantasyland of action without consequences comes the high mortality, low logic "Knockaround Guys." Written and directed by Brian Koppelman and David Levien, this film about family — in the genealogical and mob senses — relies for its happy post-massacre ending on the assumption that its putative heroes have not left scores of clues to their identity. But by the time that thought might dawn on moviegoers, they should be well on their way to the exits, perhaps wishing that they had waited until "Knockaround Guys" turned up as a free attraction on television. When it comes to father, sons and mob life, stick to "The Godfather." — Lawrence Van Gelder
2002-10-11 | Lawrence Van Gelder | Read the New York Times Review of Knockaround Guys