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21 (2008)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  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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harvard | student | casino | professor | money | See more »

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

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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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Although set in the then-present day, i.e. 2007/8, the film is based on teams active between 1979 and 1994. And at one point, more than 80 players were on the original MIT team. See more »

Goofs

In two separate places in the film, the player is hollering for the dealer to draw a "monkey" (a face card or a ten) when, in fact, a monkey would have given the dealer a winning hand. The first instance is when an Asian woman introduces Ben to the slang. The more egregious of the two instances is when Ben (who, by this point, has established his big player credentials) calls out for a monkey twice when either of those times would have given the dealer a winning hand. See more »

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Ben Campbell: [in regards to Mickey Rosa inviting him to the Blackjack team] So why are you telling me?
Micky Rosa: Well, let's just say a spot opened up on our roster.
Ben Campbell: How?
Micky Rosa: Jimmy got a job at Google.
Ben Campbell: Jim... Jimmy got a job at Google?
Micky Rosa: Yeah, it's catchy, I know.
Ben Campbell: Well, if you're making so much money at this then why did he take it?
Micky Rosa: Ben, I said Google, not Sizzler.
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Referenced in Deadlands 2: Trapped (2008) See more »

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Mad Pursuit
Written by Junkie XL (as Tom Holkenborg), Nicole Morier and Gus Seyffert
Performed by Junkie XL featuring Electrocute
Courtesy of Artwerk Music, LLC
By Arrangement with Nettwerk Productions
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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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