Wannabes (2000)

William DeMeo is scriptwriter, star, and co-director for the crime drama Wannabes. Hotheated older brother Angelo (DeMeo) and more-thoughtful younger brother Paulie (Conor Dubin) are both fired from their jobs as waiters at an Italian… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 2000
DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

Despite all the talking, by the time the bloody climax arrives we still don't feel enough of an attachment to these guys to care one way or another.

Jonathan Foreman
New York Post

In the era of The Sopranos, it feels painfully redundant and inauthentic.

Clint Morris

The level of enjoyment you'll get from the film also has a lot to do with whether or not you're a fan of Giannopoulos. He's very over the top here, and at times thwarting, but all in all - he's giving it his best...unfortunately plays no better than your

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

On the whole, the movie lacks wit, feeling and believability to compensate for its incessant coarseness and banality.

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Derek Smith
Apollo Guide

Its over-simplistic and small-minded approach to the material does more than severely limit what it can accomplish.

MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Maybe it's a cultural thing, but this is one of the worst films I've ever seen.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

If there's nothing fresh about Wannabes, which was written by Mr. DeMeo, who produced and directed the film with Charles A. Addessi, much of the time the movie feels authentic.

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Urban Cinefile

Bursting with good intentions and a likeable cast, The Wannabes is the kind of film that you really wanna like, but is a bit short on laughs and hasn't quite got the formula right

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Scott Weinberg

Imagine Death to Smoochy meets Ocean's Eleven, only funnier than both of those. If this sort of movie is what Nick G. is generally known for in his native land, I'm looking forward to a few more imports.

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