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What Makes Knockaround Guys Lawrence Bender’s Most Underrated Film?

On its surface, Knockaround Guys may not have the appearance of a film that should be the best work of someone who has the resume of Hollywood producer Lawrence Bender. However, sometimes appearances can be deceiving and the fact of the matter is that despite producing movies like Pulp Fiction and Good Will Hunting, Knockaround Guys is my favorite Lawrence Bender film.

Knockaround Guys is the story of the son of a mob boss named Matty and his efforts to gain his father’s approval and earn a place at the top of the hierarchy of the family business. Matty gets his chance when someone begins stealing money from his father and his father gives him an assignment to retrieve a bag of money to ensure that it does not fall into the wrong hands. Matty enlists the help of his friend Johnny to fly his plane to pick up the bag of money. However, on his way back with the money, Johnny stops in Montana to refuel his plane and while there, the money is stolen. Matty and his friends Chris and Taylor head up to Montana and together with Johnny attempt to retrieve the bag of money before Matty’s father finds out.

Knockaround Guys may sound like your standard fish out of water mafia movie, and that is because in many ways, it is. However, what sets this film apart and makes it my favorite Lawrence Bender movie to date is the performances, particularly those of Barry Pepper (Matty) and Vin Diesel (Taylor), and the chemistry of the cast in general. Chemistry is sorely underrated when it comes to critiquing films and as a result, movies like Knockaround Guys, which have superior chemistry but may be lacking in other areas, are often underrated as well.

Lawrence Bender graduated from The University of Maine with a degree in Civil Engineering, which is a far cry from where the Bronx native’s life would eventually take him. After deciding to pursue a career as a producer, Bender came out of the gates on fire. His early films include Reservoir Dogs, Good Will Hunting and Pulp Fiction, with the latter two winning Academy Awards. Lawrence Bender has also produced other groundbreaking films, including Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2 and An Inconvenient Truth.


Lawrence Bender – Biography and Achievements

Over the past few decades, Hollywood has seen many great film producers like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Michael Bay. However, the one movie producer that stands out from the rest would have to be New York native, Lawrence Bender.

Lawrence Bender was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York in the 1960s to a Jewish family. While in high school, Lawrence Bender wanted to go into the field of civil engineering. Civil engineering interested him because there were great jobs in the field and it’s what his grandfather did for a living. Because of this, Bender attended the University of Maine after graduating from high school to pursue a degree in civil engineering. In 1979, Bender obtained his degree.

After graduating from college, Lawrence Bender took interest in dancing. It was his dream to become a professional dancer. Unfortunately, an injury permanently sidelined him from the thing he loved most. Fortunately, he found love again when he began making films.

Bender has been nominated for many film awards and has even won multiple of them. Some of the most notable works by Bender would have to be Pulp Fiction, An Inconvenient Truth, and Good Will Hunting. Good Will hunting would have to be my favorite movie out of all of his films. In the movie, Will Hunting is working as a janitor at MIT. Unfortunately, Will has had a troubled past. He grew up as an orphan and was abused for years. While on the job one night, Will solved a very difficult problem in the hallway that he was cleaning.

The professor and the university took notice of this accomplishment. As the movie progresses, the professor becomes a mentor to Will. They discuss philosophy and life a lot of the time. Will is also presented with a challenge when Skylar, his girlfriend, can’t seem to understand Will’s past. This is mainly due to the fact that Will won’t tell it to her. In the end, they end up breaking up and reuniting when Skylar moves to Stanford. In the end, it is a very great film by Lawrence Bender