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The MAG MOVIES: DREARY FARCE FALLS FLAT; TRIGGERMEN (15).

EVERY Christmas holiday needs a turkey -and here's this year's!

Neil Morrissey and Adrian Dunbar are down on their luck, holed up in a Chicago slophouse. With the landlady threatening to call the cops, Morrissey slopes off to scam some quick cash.

In a swanky hotel he accidentally intercepts a massive pay-off to hitman Donnie (Boomtown) Wahlberg and his sidekick.

Before you know it, the suddenly wealthy Morrissey and Dunbar are having to convince a local mobster that they're going to carry out a hit on crime kingpin Pete Postlethwaite.

Meanwhile, Wahlberg, who has fallen head over heels after bumping into Claire Forlani in the lobby, is hunting down his cash -and Dunbar's loopy missus (Amanda Plummer) is about to fly over.

In this weak farce with an intrusive soundtrack, the best thing you can say about Triggermen is that it's beautifully framed and shot. Morrissey just about convinces in the lead role, but he has little hope of saving this unconvincing, dull, limp, flat, laughter-free comedy caper.

Luckily for him, he still has Bob The Builder and those TV commercials to pay the mortgage.

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NO JOKE: laughter-free Neil Morrissey
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jan 4, 2004
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