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Gigli is a 2003 romantic comedy film starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, and Justin Bartha. The movie follows the story of Gigli (played by Affleck), a low-level mobster from Los Angeles who is assigned by his boss to kidnap the mentally challenged younger brother of a federal prosecutor who is threatening to indict him. Gigli enlists the help of a tough-talking lesbian hitwoman named Ricki (played by Lopez) to assist him in completing the job. As the two spend more time together, they begin to develop a romantic connection despite their vastly different personalities and lifestyles. Their plans are disrupted by the unexpected arrival of Brian (played by Bartha), a quirky, socially awkward man who is also in love with Ricki. As the three of them work together to care for Brian and complete the job, Gigli and Ricki's relationship is put to the test. The movie received mostly negative reviews from critics, with many criticizing the plot, dialogue, and performances. However, it did receive some praise for its portrayal of a lesbian character and for its humorous moments. Despite the negative reception, the movie was highly anticipated due to the real-life relationship between Affleck and Lopez, who were engaged at the time of the film's release. The movie's failure at the box office was seen as a major disappointment for both their careers. Overall, Gigli is a romantic comedy with a crime subplot that tries to balance humor, drama, and romance. While it may not have succeeded in pleasing everyone, it is an interesting example of an unconventional Hollywood movie that took risks with its characters and story.