Check out this review of the new Al Pacino movie Two for the Money from the aptly-named Couch Slouch:
There’s a new sports-betting movie out called “Two for the Money.”
Larry King calls it “the best movie about gambling ever made! … This film has everything.” Couch Slouch calls it “the worst movie about gambling ever made! … This film has nothing.”
Guess which blurb the studio is using in its newspaper ads?
I would explain the thrust of the film to you, except it has no story and it makes no sense. It was a bit like watching the Ravens’ offense — somewhat scripted, going nowhere.
The movie starts with a game-winning, career-ending touchdown and finishes with a game-winning, career-ending touchdown. In between, there is occasional dialogue.
Walter (Al Pacino), who is married to Toni (Rene Russo), owns a sports-tout service and hires former college quarterback Brandon (Matthew McConaughey) to be his star handicapper. If Brandon picks games well, they all get rich; if he doesn’t, they all go broke.
I don’t think I’m leaving out any nuance here.
(By the end of the first act, the usher in my theater gave two weeks’ notice.)
The Couch Slouch: Upon further review, gambling movie stinks
I haven’t seen the movie, so I’m reserving comment–from the reviews it’s gotten, I’ll wait for it to show up on HBO–or at least the Tropicana Cinemas.
If you’re curious, here’s a list of movies that Two for the Money would have to have been better than to be “the greatest movie about gambling ever made:”
SnakeEyes (not really about gambling, but set at the Taj)
Ocean’s Eleven (1960)
anything by W. C. Fields
That’s just a partial list, but you get the point. Once I’ve actually seen Two for the Money, I’ll let you know whether it belongs in this pantheon.
UPDATE: As of May 2008, I still haven’t gotten around to seeing it. And nobody’s the worse for that.