44 Inch Chest is a provocative, outrageously profane and surprisingly tender film amidst an explosion of unbridled testosterone. The movie explores the masculine ego at breaking point, testing whether fear is stronger than love. Colin (Ray Winstone) is in agony, shattered by his wife’s (Joanne Whalley) infidelity. However, he has friends who do more than stand by; they kidnap his wife’s French lover and hold him prisoner so that Colin can restore his manhood with revenge.
- Malcolm Venville
- Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Tom Wilkinson, Joanne Whalley, Dave Legeno
Think of 44 Inch Chest as a piece of chamber music and you can compensate for the thinness of its story and the lack of visual distinction.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 07.07.2010
It's an interesting spectacle, but not enough to carry a movie.Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, 06.24.2010
Is this a documentary about a porn professional? Or a gym rat? Neither. It's a stagy, half-entertaining, half-tedious acting competition between five excellent Englishmen.Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, 07.07.2010
It's sometimes difficult to discern whether the filmmakers are dissecting male bonding, ritualized aggression and sexual anxiety or celebrating it.Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 06.24.2010