CINEMA: NO GAG

BOUND MAY BE TARANTINO LITE, BUT IT'S NOT HALF BAD

Neo (or possibly faux) Tarantino: comically excessive, in-your-face violence; intricately coincidental but not entirely unpersuasive plotting; black humor; and, at the center of the story, a large sum of funny money and, more important, a sweetly loyal, ultimately all-conquering romance.

That the latter, in the case of Bound, is between lesbians--a gangster's moll named Violet (Jennifer Tilly) and Corky the handywoman fixing up the apartment next door (Gina Gershon)--has caused a certain amount of prerelease stir. But their relationship is more verbal than physical (with their sexual encounters very discreetly managed), and the fun of this movie--written and directed by the...

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