If the real-life Mouse Strauss is a helluva funny and likable guy, then this movie does him a grave injustice: As played by John Savage, Mouse comes off as a charmless jerk with a grating, dumb-schmuck accent, a hustler whose confidence in his
own appeal is only slightly less off-putting than his pathetic, self-deluding conviction that being a professional loser is a noble calling. Scrawny huckster Bruce "The Mouse" Strauss (John Savage) can't box for diddly-squat, but he can kiss the canvas like a pro, a skill he parlays into a
modestly lucrative career. Surrounded by his jolly cadre of "shamsters" -- similarly untalented but endlessly game mooks willing to go a c...