Very Mean Men (2000)

A bartender wants rid of an obnoxious drunk but not until the drunk has left a decent tip. So the bartender tells the story of two mobster families, the Minetti's who work out of an Italian restaurant in the East San Fernando Valley, and the Mulroney's who work out of an Irish pub in the West San Fernando Valley. Mob war breaks out when one of the Minetti "boys" stiffs Big Paddy's daughter on her tip. We soon see why these hoods are called very mean men

Film Overview
"Very Mean Men" is a wacky, dark crime-comedy movie directed by Tony Vitale in 2000. The movie is driven by a satirical viewpoint on mafia films, encompassing absurdly amusing circumstances in the midst of violence and chaos. The narrative focuses on the incessant competition between 2 feuding criminal activity families, the Minetti's and the Mulroney's, with ambiance similar to a normal mob movie setting.

The story begins with a casual conference at a bar owned by the Minetti household, that includes patriarch Gino Minetti (Martin Landau), and his fully-grown kids-- bartender Paulie (Paul T. Murray), deaf and mute Lorenzo (Billy Gallo), and dimwitted Vinnie (Charles Durning). One day, the Mulroney household pays a visit to this bar when their vehicle breaks down, firing up the jet of the competition.

The infamous Mulroney's comprise a wicked yet charming leader, Mr. Mulroney (Charles Napier), and his posse which includes his strong-willed child Meghan (Leigh-Allyn Baker), son-in-law, Murray (Ben Gazzara), and negligent children (Patrick Warburton and Matthew Modine).

The two families scramble for power, causing many ensuing fights and unexpected amusing scenarios. The gruesome fight basically unfolds as a string of tit-for-tat killings, with Paolo's narratives bringing clarity and coherence amidst the violent chaos.

The movie requires outstanding efficiencies from an excellent ensemble cast. While the experienced stars drove the plot with their amazing shipment and personification of the functions, relative newcomer Paul T. Murray shone vibrantly among the veterans, holding his own with a character that was vital to the story. Other stars, consisting of Leigh-Allyn Baker, Patrick Warburton, and Matthew Modine, were similarly compelling in their respective functions.

The plot twists when the grandson of both patriarchs, Bartender Paolo, who had actually been narrating the events all along, orchestrated the bloodshed to rise to power. Towards the end, Paolo admits his strategy to bartender and police informant Donnie (Scott Baio), setting up a significant climax for the story. Paolo's narration weaves the violent yet comical tale with impeccable wit, making the journey a delightful, amusing seeing experience.

Crucial Reception
"Very Mean Men" reasonably represents the funny aspects of mafia culture. The film got combined reviews from critics. However, it was generally praised for its vibrant characters, interesting plot, and excellent ensemble cast performance. Though some discovered it outlandishly funny with its twisted sense of humor, others slammed it for being exceedingly violent.

In conclusion, "Very Mean Men" is a dark comedy movie that leverages a traditional mafia rivalry to generate laughter through its extremely amusing movie script. The seasoned cast's vibrant character portrayal set the stage for a series of chaotic, insanely humorous, and at times violent series.

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