For the producers, “Love with Risk – Gigli” was a hit with an announcement. The main reason for the acceptance was that the stars Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”) and Ben Affleck (“Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice”) could be secured. Not only did they get to know each other during filming, they also became a couple (and are now again!). The tabloid press could have provided even more support to make “Gigli” a box-office hit. However, things turned out very differently.
With a budget of a whopping 75.6 million US dollars, of which 24 million flowed into the pockets of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck alone, “Gigli” was only able to generate 7 (!) million dollars worldwide. The international critics panned the film and in 2004 it rained down 6 Golden Raspberries – for Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, among others. The latter is even supposed to deliver one of his worst performances ever. But that’s not all, because the rigorous failure of “Gigli” also ended the career of director Martin Brest.
Even if Martin Brest was certainly not one of Hollywood’s top leagues, he directed a classic with “Beverly Hills Cop”, a cult film with “Midnight Run” and an Oscar success with “The Scent of Women”. However, after “Love with Risk” Brest obviously gave up the post of director, because since then the director hasn’t appeared again in the production. Whether he decided to leave filmmaking of his own accord or simply stopped getting offers is unclear.
The gangster romance, which can currently be streamed as a Netflix subscription, is about the petty criminal Larry Gigli (Ben Affleck). He wants to land the really big coup and kidnap the disabled brother of a public prosecutor. When the plan goes haywire, Gigli’s boss enlists the help of the lovely crook Ricki (Jennifer Lopez) – a seductive, easygoing woman who has her own way of helping Gigli kidnap. But Gigli falls in love with Ricki, which doesn’t help his professional behavior at all…
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