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.
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
Loosely based on the 1974 film California Split by Robert Altman. See more »
The sub-titles to the Netflix version of this film mistakenly credit Jack Fessenden with composing Satie's "Gymnopedie Number 1" See more »
[pause, after being called all-in by other poker player]
Do you know how to get a sweet, little, old lady to yell "Go fuck yourself?"
[pause, look around the table]
Get another sweet, little, old lady to yell "Bingo!"
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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 »
Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) and Curtis (Ryan Reynolds) are professional card players and degenerate gambling addicts. They begin a friendship over a card table and in a bar. Curtis is looking to visit Peru. Gerry has left behind his family. The two gamblers go on a meandering journey of addiction.
Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds are great actors. Mendelsohn is especially great in this one. The plot does need a device to drive it. Without it, this is just a series of scenes strung together, and there are some interesting scenes. I like Analeigh Tipton doing her magic tricks. I like Gerry stealing money from his ex-wife. The gambling doesn't hold much interest without a ticking money counter. Even with a win, these two will eventually lose again. That is the basic flaw. Even the ending is not the final ending. There is no real climax.
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