Nick Schager Reviews 44 Inch Chest

Propped up by its writers’ Sexy Beast pedigree and ability to enlist a couple of that superior film’s stars, 44 Inch Chest parades profanity, jumbled chronology, and limp psychodrama but proves woefully short on character development or narrative structure. With a “You poof!” here and a “You cunt!” there, Louis Mellis and David Scinto’s expletive-laden script mistakes vulgar tough-guy bluster as a be-all end-all as it details—through pretentious flashbacks and dream sequences typified by self-conscious framing and use of music—the efforts of thug Colin Diamond (Ray Winstone) to cope with the revelation that his beloved wife Liz (Joanne Whalley) is leaving him for a young, studly waiter.

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