A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.
Jada Pinkett Smith
In New York City, Gulley, who's in middle school, lives with his father and step-mother; his paternal grandmother dominates the family's life. In secret, he's recently been in touch with his mother, Kailey, a pool hustler, who wants to win big and take Gulley to Canada. With the help of Teddy Quinette, who runs Quinn's Pool Hall, Kailey may get her shot at big money. Can she win the match, keep her son's confidence, and, using fake documents she gets from Markus, a friend of hers, make it to Canada to start a new life? Written by
The pool game scenes were all filmed during the first week of shooting. See more »
What Kailey writes on her letter to Quinn inside the pick-up truck doesn't match what he reads on the paper. She writes 'she slept on top of the pool table' then folds it up and slips it in the envelope. But when Quinn reads it the following morning, he reads "she slept on top of the table for a few days and then was gone. She played lots of pool." He then proceeds to read something written on the back of the paper to which we had no knowledge of her ever writing since she just folded up the piece of paper and slipped it in the envelope without turning it over. See more »
Good character study with a bit of a Rounders feel to it
Nice character study of a female pool player whose life is going in smaller and smaller circles and simply wants out, but knows no way to get out.
Excellent performances from Famke Janssen who brings a real underplayed performance, and particularly Rip Torn, who I normally tolerate - as it always seems to be a variation of the MIB character - here he plays the pool hall owner and gives a very good performance indeed - nicely underplayed.
The plot of pool player trying to find meaning in her life with her estranged son is good - but the film is at its best when it's playing pool - just wish there had been more and more of that - very nice. The hustling is never glamorized and feels authentic and kind of grubby.
All in all a nice small indie movie that delivers a satisfying character study of the type normally given to guys - and for that alone it is notable.
For first time director Chris Eigeman whose previous acting credits are more in the romantic comedy line or TV shows - this ain't bad at all...
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