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Molly's Game (2017)

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The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.

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Aaron Sorkin

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (written for the screen by), Molly Bloom (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Chastain ... Molly Bloom
Idris Elba ... Charlie Jaffey
Kevin Costner ... Larry Bloom
Michael Cera ... Player X
Jeremy Strong ... Dean Keith
Chris O'Dowd ... Douglas Downey
J.C. MacKenzie ... Harrison Wellstone
Brian d'Arcy James ... Brad
Bill Camp ... Harlan Eustice
Graham Greene ... Judge Foxman
Justin Kirk ... Jay
Angela Gots ... B
Natalie Krill ... Winston
Stephanie Herfield ... Jesse
Madison McKinley ... Shelby
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Storyline

Molly Bloom, a beautiful young Olympic-class skier, ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans, and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe. Written by STX Entertainment

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Taglines:

Deal with her.

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language, drug content and some violence | See all certifications »

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China | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Gross USA:

$28,780,744, 8 March 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

At Molly's first poker game, she says that she googled music that poker players liked, and had to come up with a playlist from just one Kenny Rogers song. The famous song, which inspired a short video of the same name, is "The Gambler". See more »

Goofs

In the movie, Molly says the pitch of the mogul run at Deer Valley is 52 degrees, which is the same as the Great Pyramid. While the Great Pyramid is 51.4 degrees, the slope of the Deer Valley mogul run is 28 degrees. See more »

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Larry Bloom: I'm your father. Trying to comprehend how much I love you would be like trying to visualize the size of the universe.
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Birth of the Blues
Written by Lew Brown, Buddy G. DeSylva (as B.G. De Sylva) and Ray Henderson
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Published by Stephen Ballentine Music Publishing co. c/o The Songwriters Guild of America (ASCAP) / Ray Henderson Music Co., Inc. (ASCAP) / WB Music Corp (ASCAP) / Bienstock Publishing Company (ASCAP) on behalf of Redwood Music Ltd. (PRS)
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Thrilling hand but with a few bad cards
4 December 2017 | by TwistedMangoSee all my reviews

After suffering a horrific accident at a national skiing contest, Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) gives up her Olympic dreams and moves to LA. While working as a cocktail waitress she meets arrogant real estate agent Dean (Jeremy Strong), and agrees to become his assistant.

Her duties include setting up his lucrative weekly poker game, which hosts some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Soon she has cut Dean loose, and is hosting huge stake matches in Los Angeles and New York. As her own personal fortune increases so does the attentions of the IRS and the criminal underworld towards her and her game.

Director and co-writer Aaron Sorkin starts the film well, with a well executed and wince- inducing freestyle skiing sequence. From here we are in LA, and the poker sequences are fluid and engrossing in a Goodfellas style that is indebted to Scorsese without being derivative in a manner of American Hustle. There is plenty of fluid camera movement and excellent visualizations of poker hands, and Sorkin is able to use simple things like shot- reverse shot in a creative manner. Sorkin has added some electricity to this most unfilmable of sports, showing Rounders how it should be done.

Jessica Chastain looks phenomenal throughout, and credit should be given to a costume department that varies a wide range of stunning outfits. It's clear she dominates the room and hypnotizes these powerful men, whose extravagance and indifference to extreme wealth is intoxicating to watch (a highlight is when one player tries to leave a Monet painting as collateral).

Bill Camp puts in a great performance as Harlan Eustice, a seemingly competent poker player who starts to feel the heat. Stealing the pot is Player X as played by Michael Cera. Here he is using his youthful demeanour as a mask for a wicked personality, his most malevolent role since Francois of Youth In Revolt.

This is a first directorial effort of prolific screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, and it is with a certain irony that one of the weakest elements to Molly's Game is the script. There is an undue focus on voice-over and an only fleetingly involving legal case in which Molly is wrapped up in years after her stint as a hostess has ended.

The real high stakes finale happens as Molly's empire starts to crumble. That an audience is left with a resolution filled with hokey courtroom drama and cloying family moments between her and her father (Kevin Costner) afterwards dulls the film. Sorkin seems to have made the same mistake as Molly Bloom; thinking that being in an interesting environment makes you an interesting person outside of it.

Another key difference between Sorkin here and Scorsese's best work is the score. It is ordinary throughout, except in the legal cases when it is also bogged down by dull, obvious cues. While Molly's account of a poker world few of us have seen before captivate regardless, the music is another dud element in repetitive legal scenes.

What was amusing is that Molly's lawyers are played by Michael Kostroff who starred in The Wire as lawyer Maurice Levy, and Idris Elba who was criminal/wannabe businessman Stringer Bell in the same series. This footnote aside, I found nothing of particular interest in this chunk of the plot, which leaves the whole work dangerously close to a flop.

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