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An average kind of guy who has a slight problem with gambling goes to the track, and mystically, it seems as though he can't lose, no matter how he bets; and he has an incredible day. Written by
I'm not a horse racing fan, but Let it Ride is one funny movie. Richard Dreyfuss plays Jay Trotter with over the top enthusiasm. I bet he had a lot of fun making this movie. He has three or four scenes with David Johansen,(former lead singer of the New York Dolls) that show that an old pro like Dreyfuss doesn't have to step on the innate comedic talents of the former rock star. Robbie Coltrane(our friend Hagrid from Harry Potter) takes a small role as the betting-window employee and embellishes it with charm and wit to become the "conscience" of the movie. Jennifer Tilly's role is the kind that only a Tilly could play, the gold digger, with, ironically, a heart of gold. And of course, no one can play a nouveau-rich envelope magnate better than Allen Garfield. My only niggling criticism is with Terry Garr. She's played this role before, and it shows. She doesn't bring much to her long-suffering wife role, but all in all, this movie is a real treat, even if you're not into the horses.
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