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The Wannabe

The Wannabe

Respect isn't earned. It's stolen.Dec. 04, 2015 USA90 Min.R
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Based on true events, The Wannabe, a story about Thomas, a man obsessed with Mafia culture during the 1990s in New York City. When Thomas’s failed attempts to fix the trial of infamous mobster John Gotti gets him rejected by the people he idolizes most, he sets off on a drug infused crime spree with his girlfriend and longtime mob groupie, Rose, by brazenly robbing the local Mafia hangouts.

The Wannabe
The Wannabe
The Wannabe
The Wannabe
Original titleThe Wannabe
IMDb Rating5.1 1,211 votes
TMDb Rating4.8 15 votes

(7) comments

  • IcedooitleOctober 28, 2015Reply

    Fringe of Scorsese

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  • subxerogravityDecember 8, 2015Reply

    Not so bad, it’s the absolute core of a crime drama

    It does not get more blue collar than The Wannabe, a no trills mob
    movie about a Mob geeks obsession with the John Gotti trails of the
    early 90s.

    Vincent Piazza plays the mob geek, Thomas. his performance in the movie
    was pretty well done. His psychotic nature just kept escalating as the
    movie progressed which made him entertaining to focus on.

    Also like the performance of Patricia Arquette, who played Thomas’
    equally touched girlfriend, Rose. I felt a certain dignity to her
    performance that made you feel sorry for Rose instead of sad.

    Overall the movie was a very disturbing tale of Thomas and Rose, a
    weird version of Bonnie and Clyde, in a movie that feels like a low
    rate version of Taxi Driver.

    A decent indi film to look at.

  • Tony Heck ([email protected])December 23, 2015Reply

    A very good movie that really makes you relate to the lead character, something that is usually hard to do in a mafia movie

    ”Don’t write the history books yet.” Thomas (Piazza) has become
    obsessed with the trial of John Gotti and thinks it is his mission to
    find a way to get him off. When his plan falls through He tries to find
    another way to become a wise-guy. The only way he can think to do this
    is to begin robbing mafia hangouts. Together him and his wife Rose
    (Arquette) complete a string of hold-ups that finally gets him noticed.
    I am a huge fan of any type of mafia movie. There was a fantastic movie
    called Rob The Mob that came out a few years ago that dealt with this
    same story. Like that one this one is also very good and I really liked
    it. There were some differences between the two but the biggest one was
    that Thomas was played as someone who talks a big game, but is
    different when he is in action in this movie. To me that little change
    really added to the realism of this and added to the overall feel of
    the movie. The acting is really good in this, but Piazza’s portrayal is
    really what makes the movie and I highly recommend this. Overall, a
    very good movie that really makes you relate to Thomas, something that
    is usually hard to do in a mafia movie. I give this a high B+.

  • The CouchpotatoesJanuary 30, 2016Reply

    Watch Rob The Mob instead, same story but better told and filmed

    Even though the actors in The Wannabe are better known then in another
    movie Rob the Mob this one isn’t better then Rob the Mob. Both movies
    are based on the same true story so you would think the facts are about
    the same, but it wasn’t really. I found that strange. Why would the
    facts not be the same if it’s based on a true story? Anyways, I scored
    Rob the Mob a seven star rating, and because I think that movie was way
    better then The Wannabe I score this one only a 6 star rating. It’s not
    that it’s not worth a watch but if you have the choice then I would
    watch Rob the Mob instead. The Wannabe is much slower and not that
    interesting. Well that’s what I think about it.

  • pksky1May 8, 2016Reply

    A chilling look at the madness of organized crime

    This is based on a true story. One might wonder how it ever found its
    way into a movie script, but we are lucky it did. It is a very scary
    story. It reminds me in many ways of Taxi Driver, about a man driven by
    obsession into violence. It is the same sort of setting. But the
    character is not repulsed by crime, he is obsessed with it and the
    glamor it represents in his deluded mind.

    He finds a woman to share and advance his fantasies. His closeness to
    the environment of real organized crime, including being a failed
    gangster himself speeds his descent into criminality. Unlike Travis in
    Taxi Driver whose source of mental instability is never really
    explained, drugs play a major role in the behavior of the Wannabe.

    Is all of organized crime fueled by the same delusions? Not in this
    movie, the Wannabe is a pest to organized crime, to be stomped out.
    Nobody is impressed by his quest for recognition and reputation.

  • adonis98-743-186503September 19, 2016Reply


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