The Good

This is one of those movies that can be watched many times.

The Bad

I wish the Deleted Scenes and Outtakes would have been cut together better. As they are, they are just a string of scenes.

Made is essentially Swingers with money behind it. It is Jon Favreau's idea of what Mafia life would be like if he and Vince Vaughn were in it. This tale of two friends sent to New York by a West Mafioso (Peter Falk) is full of the usual Vince Vaughn humor. A majority of this movie is Vaughn and Favreau tooling around the East Coast with Vaughn's mouth and wild antics getting them into an assortment of trouble. This movie's only real fault is an ending that actually tries to be serious. Not that these actors can't play serious, but it just doesn't work and is misplaced here.

Made is an imperfect movie but it is it's imperfections that ultimately make us truly appreciate what is so good about it.

Features

Deleted Scenes and Outtakes

These give us more scenes inside the stripper scene that opens the movie, shots of Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn on the airplane, moments with Faizon Love and Sean Combs, etc. . The outtakes are also mixed in very nicely with this and in a majority of them it seems like Favreau is trying to not laugh at Vince Vaughn's delivery. Also, there are a bunch of deleted scenes with Favreau's character and the little girl of his stripper girlfriend (Famke Janssen). These should have been in the movie if for no other reason than to make the ending more believable.

Video

16:9 Widescreen Version - DVD picture quality. I am glad that this film is available as a UMD. While it may not be a gamer's movie it is a dialogue film, and as such I think it plays very well here. Also, the picture quality is nothing short of outstanding. Everything is crystal clear and it seems like all the storage space on the disc has been utilize to make this film glisten on your player. It fills the screen and there are no black lines on the top or bottom of it.

Audio

It doesn't say what kind of sound they used on this disc but I am certain it is of the digital variety. Sadly, I didn't use my headphones when I listened to this movie and even maxing out the volume on my system, I wasn't able to hear things all that well. I don't think this is a sound problem so much as things would have sounded better if I would have used the headphones that came with the PSP machine.

Package

The front cover is the same cover shot that was used to promote the movie during it's theatrical run. Vince Vaughn is trying to loudly rationalize something to Jon Favreau, and Favreau looks like he wishes the two of them had never met. Below them are some pictures of the other cast members. On the back are three shots from the movie (thank the good lord they featured Peter Falk), a nicely written description, technical specs of the disc and a cast list.

Final Word

Who doesn't love Vince Vaughn when he is playing this character? He has mastered the loud guy standing up for some form of what he considers justice. Now, I have to ask, is this the only character he can play? He has stretched a bit in roles like Domestic Disturbance, but for the most part he seems to have gone out of his way not to stray too far from his comfort zone. I am not saying I want to see him suddenly start doing Merchant Ivory movies, but I do wonder how long people will pay to see him play what is essentially the same part?

Made was released July 13, 2001.