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The Matador

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Star Rating: 
6 out of 10
When a once hot hitman (Pierce Brosnan) meets a nice businessman with financial troubles (Greg Kinnear) at a bar in Mexico City, their lives soon merge in ways neither thought possible. With his suave James Bond days behind him, Brosnan has clearly hung up his tux and gone for a different look. Wearing nothing but a Speedo, cowboy boots, and a mid-life paunch as he walks tipsily through a hotel lobby, for instance, would probably have been a deal breaker for 007, but the dark and hip sensibility of The Matador is just what the doctor ordered for this actor’s play-it-safe career. It may sound odd to say this, but Pierce Brosnan has never been funnier—or better. Bond fans beware: You’re in for a surprise. The man who liked his martinis shaken, not stirred, shakes up his on-screen persona, describing one female with the line: “She looks like a Bangkok hooker on a Sunday morning after the Navy left town.” At another point, he shocks Kinnear’s character with his vivid description of a “midget with a 15-inch dick.” As their “adventure” takes hold, both actors manage to give as good as they get, but the highly amusing, outrageous black comedy The Matador will best be remembered as the movie where audiences finally get to really bond with the ex–Mr. Bond.