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Running Time:
1 hour, 36 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for strong sexual content and language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Both a captivating comedy and a twisty hit man thriller, with great performances by Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Deleted scenes; Feature commentary with director, Richard Shepard; Commentary with Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear & Richard Shepard; Making The Matador featurette; The Business & The Treatment: Feature Radio Programs Discuss The Matador; TV commercial; Theatrical trailer; Language: English 5.1; Subtitles: English [CC], Spanish.

Pierce Brosnan (James Bond) plays Julian Noble, a seedy and somewhat over-the-hill master hit man, who travels from city to city accomplishing the devious demands of his clients. ďItís mainly corporate jobsĒ, he explains to the disbelieving Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear "As Good as It Gets"), a down on his luck salesman, who Julian meets at a hotel bar in Mexico City. Danny hasnít recovered from the loss of his son and his job a few years earlier. He tells Julian that the only good thing about his life is the wife he's left back home (Hope Davis "About Schmidt"). Danny's arrived south of the border to interview for a job which he hopes will turn his life around. Julian convinces Danny to accompany him to a bullfight and to some of his hits as well, and slowly Danny becomes strangely attracted to Julian and his peculiar life style. This captivating movie was written and directed by Richard Shepard, who's done little except television programs previously, but this is an unusually intelligent thriller combining buddy-movie comedy with fascinating plot twists and turns. This could be Brosnanís best performance ever. He also co-produced the film and dominates every scene he's in, despite the equally fine performance of Kinnear. Also outstanding are Philip Baker Hall ("In Good Company"), as Nobleís mentor Mr. Randy, a father figure with a hint of sensitivity, and Hope Davis, although she's only in the early and late scenes. The script is always entertaining, but never predictable. The excellent cinematography of David Tattersall captures both Mexico City locales and the bullfight scenes spectacularly. But its Richard Shepard's excellent writing and directing and the two lead performances that make the movie a real pleasure.

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