Now this is real Jewish representation
Release date: August 7, 1998
Director: John Hamburg
Who should watch this movie: Jews who grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
When should you watch this movie: When you need a pick me up. Before your next big family function.
The sell: From the man who would go on to make movies like Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers, Safe Men is a hidden gem in a sea of shitty comedy. A movie that could easily have been just another installment in male aggression theater, Safe Men instead brings the audience into a world of remarkable softness. Despite taking place in the supposedly gritty world of organized crime, this comedy of errors has next to no grit and very little crime. Rather, Safe Men ties together mistaken identity drama with romance, male friendship, coming of age, and self acceptance. Starring a young Sam Rockwell and Mark Ruffalo both in the early stages of their career, this film capitalizes on earnest youthful energy. Pairing it with the jaunty awkwardness of Paul Giamatti and the seasoned hilarity of Harvey Fierstein, this film achieves a perfect chemistry and ultimately a perfect comedy that has aged far better than its contemporaries. No notes.