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The sole bright light is Dwayne Johnson, charismatic and funny as Vaughn’s gay, country-music loving bodyguard (though the film sells him up the river too). The rights eventually lapsed, and after cycling through various cast options including Matt Dillon, Sienna Miller and William H.

Macy, Charles Matthau (son of the great Walter) finally got rolling on this independent, low-budget adaptation.

Even the impressive-on-paper cast disappoints; Travolta and Thurman display little of their “Pulp Fiction” chemistry (not least when Gray decides to reprise their famous dance sequence in front of a live performance by the Black Eyed Peas), Keitel is sleepwalking and Vaughn, at the nadir of his pre-“Wedding Crashers” slump, is phenomenally annoying. “Freaky Deaky” (2012)The most recent screen-adaptation of a Leonard novel, “Freaky Deaky” is one of the writer’s best-loved stories and was one of the package of options that Miramax picked up in the mid-1990s for Quentin Tarantino (with “Rum Punch,” aka “Jackie Brown,” the major beneficiary).

Owen Wilson takes the lead role this time around, as Jack Ryan (not that one…), a surfer bum/manual laborer/breaking-and-entering specialist, who’s just served a little time for thwacking the foreman with an aluminum bat.

He’s told to leave the island, but comes under the wing of local judge Walter (Morgan Freeman) and the spell of Nancy (Sara Foster), the bonkers mistress of local bigwig Ray (Gary Sinise).

It’s also fatally miscast at almost every point: Wilson’s quippy-shtick overwhelms the rest of the picture, Foster (a former model and TV presenter in her acting debut as the femme fatale) couldn’t act if her life depended on it, and the rest of the cast seem to have been assembled entirely at random: Charlie Sheen! Directed by Abel Ferrera (who would bounce back soon after with “King of New York” and “Bad Lieutenant“), the film stars the hot-off “Robocop” Peter Weller as George Moran, an army vet who served in the oft-forgotten 1965 invasion of the Dominican Republic.

Returning to Santo Domingo to find the teenage sniper who saved his life back in the day, he instead encounters his ex, Mary (Kelly Mc Gillis, who had such an awful time time making the film with Ferrera that she essentially left the spotlight altogether), who’s now unhappily married to a psychotic former general.

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