The Guys

on April 04, 2003 by Kevin Courrier
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It may be too soon to fully absorb and examine the full meaning and impact of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but "The Guys" makes a daring attempt to capture some of it. Based on journalist Anne Nelson's play, Nick (Anthony LaPaglia) is a fire captain struggling with finding words to speak at his fallen comrades' funerals. Joan (Sigourney Weaver), who has a gift for words, is still striving to make sense of the events. "The Guys" is about how they collaborate to draw human portraits that help them come to terms with that horrible day.

Anthony LaPaglia gives an astonishingly physical performance inhabiting a man of action with too few words to speak. Sigourney Weaver, on the other hand, is a little more measured than usual in a reactive role. "The Guys" is a cathartic work that honestly tries to make sense of the unimaginable. Starring Sigourney Weaver and Anthony LaPaglia. Directed by Jim Simpson. Written by Anne Nelson and Jim Simpson. Produced by Jason Kliot and Joana Vicente. A Focus release. Drama. Rated PG for thematic elements and brief language. Running time: 98 min.

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