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    Michael_G
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    Review of "Two for the Money"

    Let me begin with the fact that I have been gambling since I was about 13 (I'm 44) and have been exposed to anything and everything in the world of sports and more to the point, sports gambling. I've also been an actor for 10 years. That being said, I went into this movie with modest expectations but nevertheless an open mind. Well, this movie was what I expected. I wanted to like it, I really did, but this movie was terrible and if you didn't know anything about sports 'touts' you would have thought it was even worse. Al Pacino is the somewhat sleazy 'Jim Feist' like tout and Matthew McConaughey plays the part of the ex-football player turned game picking prodigy. McConaughey is recruited by Pacino to work for him and promptly goes 9-2 and 12-0 and 8-2 and so on. To make a long story short, at the end when things turn sour he goes 2-11 and 1-9. Never an in-between. To summarize, this is a poor man's "Boiler Room" and even steals the cliche where the client who is raking in the profits in the beginning, loses everything in the end and calls crying to McConaughey about how he ruined his life and he lost everything and he was going to be married...
    Boiler Room did it all so much better. This movie had no real plot and other than Pacino and McConaughey, there was no other character development nor any other sub-plots. I could give you plenty more wrong with this movie but don't want to give away too much (that is if you still want to see it). On a positive note though, McConaughey gave a pretty darn good performance and seemed like a guy who had played sports (in both senses of the word). Never thought I'd say this, but you'd be better off saving the money for tickets and popcorn and spending it on Jim Feist's 'Monday Night Madness' bailout play or whatever the hell he calls it. Ok, on second thought maybe not.

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    Thanks for the review. You have to wonder after the timing of the release of the movie. Most people who would want to see it are sports fans, and they released it on one of the biggest sports weekends of the year. I'm sure I'll see this at some point, as I sort of like McConaughey, and obviously like sports gambling. But, I am not expecting much.

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    I saw it last night and liked it...you will obviously appreciate it more if you are a sports gambler...

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    I've heard a lot bad about it

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    I believe it's definitely worth seeing...

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    I just saw it last night and really liked it...but it was kinda slow moving....really have to be a sports gambler to really get into this movie.

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    I think this was a hard sell for them. Think about it... Gambling is fackin boring unless you are the one laying the money. Ever go to the casino and blow out early and have to sit there behind your buddy watching him split 7s at the BJ table?? Its fackin torture. At times you say [do this or don't do that] and then you realize you just don't care!

    All these gambling movies go no where unless there are evil characters or some crime plot involved and thats just not good for the business. A real gambling or stock movie would involve a lot of math and no one wants to see that except the minority...the few people that actually do it.

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    Also...I havent seen this flick but wasnt it missing a hot leading lady? Isnt Rene Russo like 60?

    Crappy movies like fast and furious and into the blue sell some tickets just for that.

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    brick, russo has definitely passed her experation date...I like the Fast and the Furios movies by the way...lol...if you want to see something funny, check out:

    brandanlang.com

    the guy is still selling his picks, with no shame...terrible...

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    You know what...TFTM will never be confused as an Oscar Best Picture. But it could have been much worse. Actually pretty entertaining and some realism.

    They missed the boat on the Pacino guarantee. But overall, I give TFTM a positive review. Thumbs-up. Many funny scenes.

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    Impressive bump.

    Train wreck of a movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckyTheGoat View Post

    You realize you just bumped a 6 year old thread to defend one of the worst movies of all time? Certainly the worst gambling movie of all time. Keep up the good work

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    i thought this movie was shit.

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    id rather see bobby review a fuckin nestle crunch bar

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    poty hands down

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    The part where B-Lang got pissed on in the park was a nice payoff for such a shit movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoulihansTX View Post
    The part where B-Lang got pissed on in the park was a nice payoff for such a shit movie.
    That's one of my favorite scenes in any movie ever, good call.

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    Al is washed up (sad to say)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael_G View Post
    Let me begin with the fact that I have been gambling since I was about 13 (I'm 44) and have been exposed to anything and everything in the world of sports and more to the point, sports gambling. I've also been an actor for 10 years. That being said, I went into this movie with modest expectations but nevertheless an open mind. Well, this movie was what I expected. I wanted to like it, I really did, but this movie was terrible and if you didn't know anything about sports 'touts' you would have thought it was even worse. Al Pacino is the somewhat sleazy 'Jim Feist' like tout and Matthew McConaughey plays the part of the ex-football player turned game picking prodigy. McConaughey is recruited by Pacino to work for him and promptly goes 9-2 and 12-0 and 8-2 and so on. To make a long story short, at the end when things turn sour he goes 2-11 and 1-9. Never an in-between. To summarize, this is a poor man's "Boiler Room" and even steals the cliche where the client who is raking in the profits in the beginning, loses everything in the end and calls crying to McConaughey about how he ruined his life and he lost everything and he was going to be married...
    Boiler Room did it all so much better. This movie had no real plot and other than Pacino and McConaughey, there was no other character development nor any other sub-plots. I could give you plenty more wrong with this movie but don't want to give away too much (that is if you still want to see it). On a positive note though, McConaughey gave a pretty darn good performance and seemed like a guy who had played sports (in both senses of the word). Never thought I'd say this, but you'd be better off saving the money for tickets and popcorn and spending it on Jim Feist's 'Monday Night Madness' bailout play or whatever the hell he calls it. Ok, on second thought maybe not.
    You gamble to lose my son.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reload View Post
    "Gambling is not your problem...it's this fukked up need to feel something..."

    They will never learn.

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    I hope someone pees on me within 15 days.

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    Fukking movie blows. Huge blemish on Paccino's great resume. Pretty typical for M.M.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasInsider View Post
    Fukking movie blows. Huge blemish on Paccino's great resume. Pretty typical for M.M.
    You're upset because you gamble to lose and were informed about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Odom View Post
    Al is washed up (sad to say)
    Couldn't believe he agreed to be in that stupid Sandler movie.

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    I hope someone pees on me within 15 minutes.

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    not a terrible movie, at least they went into sports betting

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    R Kelly will piss on you.

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    Lol yeah he would.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasInsider View Post
    Fukking movie blows. Huge blemish on Paccino's great resume. Pretty typical for M.M.
    I guess you havn't seen 88 Minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cash King Inc. View Post
    I guess you havn't seen 88 Minutes.
    or Righteous kill

    WTF ever happened to the good pacino??

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    Righteous Kill was AWFUL good call Brock

    Pacino has been shit since Heat

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