Sam (Sam Rockwell) and Eddie (Steve Zahn), 2 hapless club singers more secondhand to committing crimes against pop music in their act, turn out to be involved in genuine-life misdemeanours when the Mafia error them for a pair of master cat-burglars. Seeing a way to create their fortune, the duo set about a series of daring and disastrous heists.
A fantastic cast injects energy into Secure Males, an oddball cult comedy about 2 would-be musicians (Steve Zahn, Happy, Texas, and Sam Rockwell, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) who get mistaken for master safecrackers by a 2nd banana gangster (Paul Giamatti, Sideward). The plot revolves around the hapless pair being forced into a series of robberies, but definitely it is just an good excuse for entertaining scenes of males clumsily grappling with their feelings, struggling to express thems_selves, accepting loss, fighting to command respect, and a lot more. Writer/director John Hamburg went on to write the screenplays for Zoolander, Meet the Mother and father, and Along Came Polly, but Secure Males is both sweeter and subtler than these box office hits. Mark Ruffalo (You Can Count on Me), Michael Lerner (Barton Fink), Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy), and Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent) round out the magnificent cast, accompanied by Christina Kirk in her film debut; she more than holds her personal as a lady who’s far more emotionally direct than any of the males around her. —Bret Fetzer
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