John McNaughton directed this Richard Price-scripted comedy about a cop who learns to love an unwanted gift from a gangster. Robert De Niro plays Wayne Dobie, a shy and reclusive Chicago cop who has never fired a gun. Dobie is an evidence technician who takes photographs at crime scenes, earning the moniker of "Mad Dog" for his diffident attitude. One day Dobie walks in on a convenience store holdup and saves the life of Chicago mob boss Frank Milo (Bill Murray). Frank is impressed by the way Dobie handled the holdup and wants to pay him back for saving his life. In thrall to Frank is Glory (Uma Thurman), who is working off her brother's gambling debts by living with the mobster. One day, Glory turns up at Dobie's house, explaining that Frank is giving her to him for one week as a gift. Initially Dobie wants nothing to do with Glory, but as the week goes on, he realizes he is becoming intensely attracted to her. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
Unanswered questions at the end but fun and funny overall. Bill Murray is genius and Uma is much less irritating in this one than usual. DeNiro shows his consummate acting chops with this very uneven script.
While the concept was interesting, the movie didn't quite come together. De Niro didn't seem to actually connect to the character and Murray way overracted. Overally, okay once but I wouldn't recommend more than that
Typical misstep by hollywood. Great cast, horrible script. They couldn't decide if this should be a gangster drama, a comedy, a love story, or a dark comedy. So what happens is you get an unholy mixture of it all, but none of the elements are fully developed. The movie just meanders along and falls to the ground with a boring thud. It's easily the worst movie by all of the stars involved. Bummer, I really wanted to like it. It's just a bad flick.