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21 (2008)

 -  Biography | Crime | Drama  -  28 March 2008 (USA)
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"21" is the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.

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Ben Campbell is a young, highly intelligent, student at M.I.T. in Boston who strives to succeed. Wanting a scholarship to transfer to Harvard School of Medicine with the desire to become a doctor, Ben learns that he cannot afford the $300,000 for the four to five years of schooling as he comes from a poor, working-class background. But one evening, Ben is introduced by his unorthodox math professor Micky Rosa into a small but secretive club of five. Students Jill, Choi, Kianna, and Fisher, who are being trained by Professor Rosa of the skill of card counting at blackjack. Intrigued by the desire to make money, Ben joins his new friends on secret weekend trips to Las Vegas where, using their skills of code talk and hand signals, they have Ben make hundreds of thousands of dollars in winning blackjack at casino after casino. Ben only wants to make enough money for the tuition to Harvard and then back out. But as fellow card counter, Jill Taylor, predicts, Ben becomes corrupted by greed ... Written by matt-282

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Inspired by the true story of five students who changed the game forever. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some violence, and sexual content including partial nudity | See all certifications »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,649,855 (UK) (11 April 2008)

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£5,430,673 (UK) (16 May 2008)
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The small statue of a reclining nude, seen on the desk of the Harvard med Professor Bob Phillips during Ben's Robinson Scholarship interview, is by Venezuelan-born sculptor Maria Gamundi. See more »

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The method mentioned as the Newton method is in fact called the Newton-Raphson method because Raphson's contribution is well established (i.e. not something that would be impressive for a student to know) and in fact, the way Raphson approached it was simpler and is the one featured in books today despite the fact it bears both names. It's also well known that Newton developed his method first even though he didn't publish it for quite some time after Raphson published as was Newton's modus operandi. The Newton-Raphson method is also quite basic and is covered in most high school curricula around the world ergo not something that merits a lengthy conversation in class, particularly in MIT. See more »

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Choi: [laughing and taking a video while Ben is goofing off as a new persona in the mirror] No please, keep going, this video's priceless!
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Written by James Lavelle, Richard File, Chris Goss, David Catching and David Bowie
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By Arrangement with Zync Music Inc.
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Entertaining but very cliché.
21 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

21 is worth seeing on a restless Friday or Saturday night with friends, but it isn't anything more than that. The film features nice performances from actors Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburne, as well as nice entries from the lesser known ensemble.

However, it doesn't take a film expert to notice some of the more...awful lines. "That's is impressive software."...come on, seriously? Just bad writing.

And the flow of the plot is painfully cliché, up until the end where things are admittedly pretty unpredictable. The ending was unexpected, but it worked and made up for earlier plot points that were predictable.

"21" is entertaining, that's it. Nothing more, nothing less.


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