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Mississippi Grind (2015)

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Down on his luck and facing financial hardship, Gerry teams up with younger charismatic poker player, Curtis, in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what's been lost.

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Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Mendelsohn ... Gerry
Yvonne Landry ... Louise
Anthony Howard Anthony Howard ... Larry
Ryan Reynolds ... Curtis
Jayson Warner Smith ... Clifford
Kerry Cahill ... Riverboat Waitress
Jane McNeill ... 'Bloody Mary' Kate
Jason Shaffette Jason Shaffette ... Chuck Poker Dealer
P.J. Marshall ... Dale
Stephanie Honoré ... Denise
Teri Wyble ... Home Buying Wife
Hunter Burke ... Home Buying Husband
Randy Austin ... Big Winner
Jared Bankens ... Skinny Thug
Alfre Woodard ... Sam
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Down on his luck and facing financial hardship, Gerry teams up with a younger, charismatic poker player named Curtis in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what has been lost. Written by Electric City

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We can't lose.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Febre do Mississípi See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,434, 27 September 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$129,747, 23 October 2015
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The one tattoo on Curtis's right leg is a dancing nancies symbol flipped around. This is a symbol for the Dave Matthews Band. See more »

Goofs

During the Fairgrounds Racetrack scene prior to the start of the horse race, the track announcer says "The trotters are now in the hand of the starter, it's post time." This would be appropriate prior to the start of a trotting harness race, not a thoroughbred turf race which is depicted as happening live on the track. See more »

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Cherry: The journey is the destination.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, when the soundtrack information is rolling, the first 4 tells of Joe Navarro's 200 poker tells are played. See more »

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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Gymnopédie No. 1
Written by Erik Satie
Performed by Jack Fessenden
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The Journey is the Destination
12 December 2015 | by Thomas DrufkeSee all my reviews

I think you'd be hard pressed to find a 2015 straight drama film that is more fun to watch than Mississippi Grind. I was really surprised at just how intelligent this film was while also being extremely entertaining. The premise and what I had seen from the marketing seemed to push the film in more of a 'Runner Runner' direction with it's tone and themes, but Mississippi Grind is much more than that. Not only is it great to watch Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn act alongside each other, but there's a surprising amount of depth to the story and it's characters that puts it up there as one of the best films of the year.

Focusing on Gerry, played by Mendelsohn, having a mid-life crisis as he's in major debt, divorced, and has a serious gambling problem. Enter Curtis, played by Reynolds, who adds excitement and 'luck' to Gerry's gambling life. The two are both very much lost in their own issues and their meeting feels more natural than it probably should. The strengths of the relationship and interesting dynamic ultimately goes to the two actor's performances. While Reynold's character is a happy go lucky guy on the outside, Reynolds adds so much more to him underneath. Same goes for Gerry, who should be an unlikable character considering he's in debt through self doing and even tries to steal money from his ex- wife, Mendelsohn grounds the character and the film to a perfect level.

Both the journey men go on various missions in hope of entering into a large buy in tournament in New Orleans, but you forget about that because you're more invested with what's going on outside of the casinos with these guys. The casinos add life to the film when it needs it and the poignant undertone of the story takes over at just the right time. It is a straight drama, but it's also very re- watchable just from the performances side of this film alone. To me, Mississippi Grind is one of the best directed films of the year. The story beats happen at just the right time giving it more depth than it probably deserves.

+Great lead performances

+Poignant script hits the beats at just the right time

+Entertaining and re-watchable

8.6/10


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