Director : John Gallagher
With : Heather Matarazzo, Debi Mazar, Gretchen Mol, Chris Noth, Michael Imperioli, David Johansen, Heavy D, Ice-T, Iman
“The Deli” is really the movie “Smoke” but not quite as good and set in a deli instead of a cigar shop. Featuring a who’s who of New York indie film (Debi Mazar, Heather Matarazza, Matt Keesler, Heavy D, Michael Imperioli, David Johansen, Jerry Stiller, etc.) the story follows the escapades of a painfully unlucky part-time deli owner and full-time addicted gambler named Johnny. As an odd lot of delivery men and local goons stop by the store attempting to collect on long over due payments, Johnny squirms and wiggles his way into and out of the arms of trouble. Dancing between the raindrops Johnny waits for the grand daddy of bets, a triple parlay basketball bet, to save the day and bail him out of “life ending” destruction.
An entertaining cast and palatable script save a predictable film from imminent disaster. In the end “The Deli” is a nice brainless rental, that makes you feel much better than having to rent say – “The Fifth Element.”