| Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck in Gigli. (Reuters)
New York, July 31 (Reuters): Call it one of the biggest turkeys of all time.
The romance between Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez has captivated the American public, but their first movie together is already being called a low point of cinema history.
If early reviews are anything to go by, the pairing of the real-life love birds in the movie Gigli looks set to bomb when it opens at the US box office tomorrow.
Among its biggest problems is a love scene in which Lopez spreads her legs and tells a smouldering Affleck, “It’s turkey time. Gobble, gobble.”
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall it ain’t. “Witless, coarse, and vulgar, Gigli is worse than its advance buzz could have indicated,” wrote Fox News critic Roger Friedman. “The film — if you can call it that — is a total, mindless disaster.”
The New York Post ran a full-page splash blasting the movie. “The Gigli is Up,” the paper wrote, adding, “Ben-Jen bomb was made for walking.” Much of the movie features Affleck’s efforts to change Lopez’s character from being a lesbian into a straight woman. Needless to say, by the time she’s saying, “Gobble, gobble,” she’s changed sides.
The romantic gangster film pairs a couple who have been almost omnipresent in US tabloids for months and touted as among the sexiest people in the world. While their romance was said to have been originally sparked with the shooting of Gigli, critics see little of that spark in the movie. Critics have compared the film to such box office flops as Madonna’s Swept Away, Mariah Carey’s Glitter and Britney Spears’ vehicle Crossroads.
“From Gigli’s first test screenings, where writer-director Martin Brest clashed with Revolution studio chief Joe Roth over the film’s final act and pace, to the film’s poster, which allegedly featured a retouched version of Lopez’s famous derriere (which the studio denies), nearly every step of the film’s path to the screen has been chronicled by the Internet, the tabloids and, eventually, mainstream media,” the Los Angeles Times wrote.
“Taken together, Gigli has single-handedly disproved the maxim that there’s no such thing as bad publicity.”