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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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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.

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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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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

Jake Gyllenhaal was originally cast in the lead role but he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Ryan Reynolds replaced him. 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 »

Quotes

Gerry: [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?"
Gerry: [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 »


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Go Down Sunshine
Arranged by Richard Wellstood
Performed by Odetta
Courtesy of Fantasy Records
By Arrangement with Concord Music Group, Inc.
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A great team up of Reynolds and Mendelsohn makes the film
9 March 2016 | by eddie_bagginsSee all my reviews

With the picturesque road trip surrounds of the American South at its disposal and the unique pairing of Australian ex-pat Ben Mendelsohn and Deadpool himself Ryan Reynolds, Mississippi Grind comes off as a sadly low key disappointment that could've so easily become so much more.

Filmed by directing duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who are arguably most well known for the Ryan Gosling starring drama Half-Nelson, Grind is proficient and professional but it lacks a heart. A coldness inhabits the entire film that keeps the audience at arm's length from getting emotionally invested into our seemingly odd couple pairing of Mendelsohn's troubled gambler Gerry and the somewhat mysterious and kindly natured Curtis who Reynolds could've played in his sleep.

Frustrating would be the best way to describe the film for a lack of a better word and you're constantly left on a knifes edge waiting to learn more about our two main protagonists or for the film to truly hit an emotional home run but it sadly never comes despite a suitably tense final few scenes and the likable leads doing their utmost with their roles.

It may be broken record time but once more Grind see's Mendelsohn deliver another on song performance and it's great to see him given a lead turn in a Hollywood production. His Gerry isn't a totally likable human being and it's a character that see's Mendelsohn once more play to the downtrodden side of humanity but he does it so well that there's no reason for him to stop anytime soon and he creates chemistry with Reynolds that at times threatens to elevate the film to a whole new level yet sadly the narrative never goes to the ends needed for this to happen.

A fantastic chance to once more see Australia's very own Ben Mendelsohn ply his trade like the best of them in an overseas production and a film that's unique in many ways, Mississippi Grind is a fine movie that had it featured a little more heart and soul and a more meaty narrative, is a movie that could've been something truly special. A winning hand then, but in no way a big time jackpot.

3 kittens out of 5


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