With Friends Like These...

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  • Summary: What happens when you're an actor and you get a secret audition with Martin Scorcese? If you're Johnny (Costanzo), who makes a living playing television hit men and corrupt cops, this could be your big break. But when his struggling actor friends Dorian (Tenney), Steve (Arkin) and ArmandWhat happens when you're an actor and you get a secret audition with Martin Scorcese? If you're Johnny (Costanzo), who makes a living playing television hit men and corrupt cops, this could be your big break. But when his struggling actor friends Dorian (Tenney), Steve (Arkin) and Armand (Strathairn) find out about the audition, there's no telling how far they'll go to see Scorcese and keep it a secret from Jimmy. Expand

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
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  1. 80
    An entertaining, clever look at the backstabbing actors do in search of recognition and fame. (Review of Original Release)
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    The perennially insecure world of two-bit character actors is humorously and knowingly explored in With Friends Like These. (Review of Original Release)
  3. Originally released seven years ago on home video, is only now surfacing as a theatrical release. Although it's no classic, it's a cut or two smarter than the average Hollywood comedy. At its best, it plays like a less acerbic, less Jewish triple episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
  4. The movie works as well as it does ­because the cast knows the material so ­intimately.
  5. 50
    Only sporadically amusing.
  6. Gives off an air of clammy desperation that feels all too authentic without being especially funny and bogs down early in repetitive shtick.
  7. Messina's characters gripe at being typecast as goombah hit men, yet the director seems blissfully unaware that he dooms them to the very fate they protest by painting them with such prosaic, uninspired strokes.

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