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
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 »
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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