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      Things Change

      PG 1988 1h 40m Comedy List
      85% Tomatometer 13 Reviews 80% Audience Score 500+ Ratings The Chicago Mafia makes shoeshine man Gino (Don Ameche) an offer: do the time for a murder he didn't commit, and they'll buy him a fishing boat in Sicily. Gino accepts and is placed in the custody of Jerry (Joe Mantegna), a low-level mobster, until the trial. Jerry quickly gets bored with the babysitting detail and decides to treat Gino to a weekend at Lake Tahoe. There, Jerry is recognized, and Gino is mistaken for a big-time crime boss. Both play along until they run afoul of the local mob. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Nell Minow Movie Mom Rated: 3/5 Aug 20, 2003 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Things Change is a neat little exercise in wit and deception. Rated: 3/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...an exceedingly appealing setup thats employed to mostly engrossing effect... Rated: 3.5/4 Apr 13, 2022 Full Review Cathy Burke United Press International Things Change is like the careful telling of a sly and spirited joke. Everything builds slowly, and the telling is as important as the punch line. Dec 12, 2017 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 1/5 Jun 23, 2005 Full Review Rich Cline Shadows on the Wall clever, funny and thoughtful Rated: 3/5 Apr 5, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member A rather simple shoe repair man is hired to impersonate a Mafiosi he resembles to serve a prison sentence for him in exchange for money. An on-the-outs gangster is assigned to watch over him for the weekend, and ends up taking the shoe repair man to Lake Tahoe for some fun. Then the shoe maker meets a different gangster who befriends him, and complications ensue so we do not know what will result. A very mild comedy, but it has its charm. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member despite some contrivances and hokey moments, this was a pleasant, engaging and at times funny look at mamet's take on chicago and vegas mobsters. ameche and mantegna are a nice pair here. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review kevin w Nine years after Hal Ashby's quixotic 1979 tale of mistaken identity, Being There (with Peter Sellers as the humble gardener), Mamet followed with his take on the same subject, throwing in the Mob and its code of honor (!!!) for comic spin. Joe Mantagna is the family flunky chosen with cred enough to babysit a shoeshine boy and he's credible if underwritten. Ameche, though, is the whole film, carrying the whole piece. I thought he understood it better than Mamet pretended to ... Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Finally, a David Mamet film worth watching all the way through... Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Its a good low-key mob comedy. It's kinda gun to watch and has a surprise ending. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member While the movie moved at a snails pace, I found that I kept waiting for something good to happen. It finally did. It ended. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis The Chicago Mafia makes shoeshine man Gino (Don Ameche) an offer: do the time for a murder he didn't commit, and they'll buy him a fishing boat in Sicily. Gino accepts and is placed in the custody of Jerry (Joe Mantegna), a low-level mobster, until the trial. Jerry quickly gets bored with the babysitting detail and decides to treat Gino to a weekend at Lake Tahoe. There, Jerry is recognized, and Gino is mistaken for a big-time crime boss. Both play along until they run afoul of the local mob.
      Director
      David Mamet
      Production Co
      Columbia, TriStar Pictures
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 1, 2010
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $2.3M
      Runtime
      1h 40m
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