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The Mexican (2001)



Critic Consensus: Though The Mexican makes a good attempt at originality, its ponderous length makes it wear out its welcome. Also, those looking forward to seeing Roberts and Pitt paired up may end up disappointed, as they are kept apart for most of the movie.

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A clumsy criminal is put in a position where he not only has to save his own skin, but that of his girlfriend in this comedy with strong undercurrents of romance. Jerry Welbach (Brad Pitt) is a low-level Mafia "mechanic" whose ineptitude is countered by frequent (but unpredictable) bursts of dumb luck. Jerry's girlfriend Samantha (Julia Roberts) wants him to get out of the business, and after his latest blunder lands capo Arnold Margolese (Gene Hackman) in jail, so does mid-level crime kingpin Bernie Nayman (Bob Balaban). But Bernie insists that Jerry do one last errand for the mob before they let him find employment elsewhere -- he has to go to Mexico and recover a rare and very valuable pistol, which is said to be cursed. While Samantha objects to Jerry taking the assignment, he isn't in much of a position to argue; Jerry heads south of the border, while Samantha, in a huff, sets out for Las Vegas. Once in Mexico, Jerry finds the pistol easily enough, but making his way back to the States proves to be an unexpected challenge. Meanwhile, Jerry's superiors want insurance that he'll return with the goods, so they hire Leroy (James Gandolfini), a hitman, to kidnap Samantha and hold her hostage until Jerry comes back. However, Samantha and Leroy quickly strike up a friendship, and she soon learns the gunman has a sensitive side he doesn't show to the world -- along with a few other secrets. The Mexican marked the first screen pairing for mega-stars Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt -- though, given the film's narrative arc, they play only a handful of scenes together. The film was directed by Gore Verbinski, who won awards for his work in commercials before breaking through with the quirky family comedy Mouse Hunt.

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Brad Pitt
as Jerry
Julia Roberts
as Samantha
Gene Hackman
as Arnold Margolese
Sherman Augustus
as Well Dressed Black Man
Richard Coca
as Car Thief
Mayra Serbulo
as Emanuelle
Alan Ciangherotti
as Gunsmith's Assistant
Melisa Romero
as Gunsmith's Daughter
Dale Raoul
as Estelle
Jeremy Roberts
as Bobby Victory
Jorge Malpica
as Mexican Gas Station Clerk
Pedro Armendáriz Jr.
as Mexican Policeman
Steve Rossi
as Vegas M.C.
Clint Curtis
as Vegas Busboy
Lawrence Bender
as Vegas Onlooker
Ariane Pellicer
as Mexican Ticket Agent
Carlos La Camara
as Car Rental Rep
Daniel Zacapa
as Bartender
Alfredo Escobar
as Car Thief No. 2
Luis Artagnan
as Car Thief No. 3
Fermín Martínez
as Chicken Farmer
Gustavo Aguilar
as Junk Yard Proprietor
Lucia Pailles
as Mexican Woman at Phone
Gilberto Barraza
as 2nd Man with Gun
Luis Felipe Tovar
as Nobleman's Son
Fausta Torres
as Elderly Mexican Lady
Lolo Navarro
as Chosen Grandmother
Emiliano Guerra
as Small Boy with Flashlight
Miguel Ángel Fuentes
as Big Thief No. 4
Arthur Taxier
as Hotel Security
Harrison Fuller
as `Big Tom' Double
Gerardo Taracena
as Reveler to Fire Gun
John Pisci
as Musician
Rudy Aikels
as Musician
Ronald Simone
as Musician
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Critic Reviews for The Mexican

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (40)

The Mexican is sporadically entertaining. It works when Gandolfini is on screen; when he leaves, he takes the movie with him.

October 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Brad and Julia, of course, look great. Buy the poster; skip the movie.

March 6, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

An interesting mess for older teens and up.

December 28, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Even the film’s fatuous advertising blurb (“Love with the safety off”) combines romance and firearms, gunplay and foreplay.

May 9, 2002 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Promises a road movie of blissful comic romance and delivers a series of dramatic dead ends.

March 8, 2001 | Rating: 1/5

Intermittently appealing, fundamentally dysfunctional.

March 6, 2001

Audience Reviews for The Mexican


For all the bad things I had heard about this movie.... I have to disagree. It is not the best movie.... but it is good! Worth seeing!

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer


Not quite the film I as expecting, so pleasantly surprised, Im not the biggest fan of Julia Roberts, but enjoyed this film regardless. For me, the best role in this was that of James Gandolfini, perhaps a typecast sort of role for him but with a great twist.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

A fun movie that never got the credit it deserves. The pairing of Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts was perfect, they have a great on screen chemistry. The story was extremely interesting and was original, not an average romantic comedy at all.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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