Fast-Paised review: ‘Lucky Number Slevin'

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Big question: Laid-back Slevin (Josh Hartnett) is mistaken for a man deep in debt with two NYC crime lords (Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley). Will you be able to guess where this zigzagging story is going as Slevin tries to save his neck?

Skip it: Too slick for its own good, "Lucky Number Slevin" attaches a sufficiently clever twist onto an otherwise smug, off-putting script. The all-star cast, which also includes Bruce Willis and Lucy Liu, could be one of the reasons the movie seems so proud of itself.

Catch it if: You want to see someone killed by a fastball to the face.

Bottom line: "Lucky Number Slevin" is the hipster you try to ignore at the party, knowing he's got one good story but will keep talking until you agree he's cooler and smarter than you.

Bonus: Collect $5 if you ever expected Kingsley to play a gangster rabbi. Yep, didn't think so.

mpais@tribune.com

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'Lucky Number Slevin'

Directed by Paul McGuigan; written by Jason Smilovic; photographed by Peter Sova; edited by Andrew Hulme; production designed by Francois Seguin; music by J. Ralph; produced by Chris Roberts, Christopher Eberts, Kia Jam, Anthony Rhulen, Robert Kravis and Tyler Mitchell. An MGM release of a Weinstein Co. presentation; opens Friday, April 7. Running time: 1:50. MPAA rating: R (strong violence, sexuality and language).

Slevin -- Josh Hartnett

Goodkat -- Bruce Willis

Lindsey -- Lucy Liu

The Boss -- Morgan Freeman

The Rabbi -- Ben Kingsley

Brikowski -- Stanley Tucci

Roth -- Danny Aiello

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