Movies: Of Banter and Bullets

Lucky Number Slevin is self-consciously hip and overly plotted but has lots of old-fashioned charm

Slevin (Josh Hartnett) arrives in New York City with a broken nose and no wallet and unable to find the friend in whose apartment he's staying. On the upside, there's food in the cupboard and a funny, flirtatious woman (Lucy Liu) across the hall. On the downside, he gets abducted, in a towel and slippers, by a pair of thugs, and we begin to wonder just how ironic the title Lucky Number Slevin is going to be.

The answer is, very. The business of the film is to explain why this amiable hunk is being circled by spooky Mr. Goodkat (a tight-lipped...

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