Dave Mamet is no slouch. This is his second film - a buddy comedy from 1988 that is more solid and memorable than you remember. Do you know who co-wrote this film? Shel Silverstein.
Joe Mantegna plays a mob grunt in the penalty box for not taking orders and as penance must babysit an (seemingly) oblivious Sicilian immigrant (Don Ameche) whom his superiors have paid to take a fall for a mob boss soon to be fingered for a shooting. Mantegna is supposed to prepare Ameche for his court confession but he has problems taking orders, remember? He feels bad for the old Sicilian and takes him on a madcap Tahoe weekend full of changing fortunes and mistaken identity.This film is pitch perfect. Everything unfolds in surprising and satisfying ways. Mamet is a brilliant economist who gives you just what you need. His material is never flabby. He’s a mensch who works hard at his craft and this film will make you feel good. Don Ameche was a titan. Mamet is over 60 now and will kick your ass just for sneezing wrong, you brain-dead liberal.