Before we start, I find myself reluctant to write a review. There are so many people writing here that I doubt my lines will go noticed. However, it is time to bring some sense of morality to the table.
The movie portraits the life of George Jung, a man who was responsible for introducing cocaine in the USA society, with all the tragic consequences that would follow. It is no secret that Jung's actions have indirectly claimed the lives of thousands of people; those who die of cocaine addiction/overdose, and those who die as consequence of the criminal activity associated to it.
Being a catholic myself, and a man who is in need of God's mercy, I cannot help ask: what is going to be of the soul of George Jung?. My concern arises due to the fact that this man was not responsible for trafficking fake tennis shoes across the border, but one of the worst sorts of poison. He is a murderer, as painful as it may sound.
The movie intends to display Jung as a very "humane" character, the kind of guy you'd find across the street. Maybe the kind of guy that would teach his son to fish and catch a baseball?. We see a man who is apparently mad in love with a girl who dies of cancer. A man who seems very loyal and kind to his friends, a man who falls victim to a fellow colleague who abuses his trust.
And the reality is, I can't buy it. I can't buy a character who seems to be all this and while moving 300 kg (the equivalent to 300000 doses of 1 g) of cocaine in one day. When you sell 1 g of cocaine to a person, either directly or indirectly, you are providing the dose that may send him/her to the grave that same day. And having no conscience, no guilt, no remorse for doing so indicates something missing in the salesman.
The common feature of Blow and Good Fellas is that in their narrative the protagonists seem to focus their attention in everything but the real consequences of what they were doing. It is as if they were trying to convince themselves that they were not that bad, that the "criminal industry" is not crawling with people who stripped themselves away from all empathy and love for their neighbors, and that criminals are average guys like you or me. I am sorry, but that is not true, it is not real. While I am no saint, I would never give for free (much less sell) a toxic substance of the nature of cocaine (hell, I wouldn't even give/sell marijuana) to any person.
Average people, at least in the catholic sense of the word see their own sinfulness, acknowledge it, and try to work it out through prayer, humility, and submission to Our Lord. In the movie, Jung fails to acknowledge the consequences of his actions. He is more concerned with "having failed to her daughter" than having carried thousands of people to their grave.
The irony of all this, is that Ted Demme died in 2002 due to a cocaine-related heart attack.
Two stars out of 10, but I give it 0/10.
PS: and "Follywood" is not a typo.