Happiness Is a Warm Gun

It's not the most original plot in the history of cinema -- the good guys stumble into a large drug shipment and try to turn it into a windfall -- but Tarantino fuels it with just enough witty repartee and character quirks to prevent it from decelerating into just another road or caper movie. And director Scott packages carnage glossily enough to make it feel more substantive than it is.

So the film has a lot going for it -- sharp dialogue, bravura acting, sexy leads, attractive packaging, and a hip soundtrack. But the bottom line still boils down to killing a few people, selling some dope, and living happily ever after. Apparently, in 1993, that's what passes for True Romance.

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