Literature professor and gambler Jim Bennett's debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation, is his relationship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance?
Jim Bennett is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank, a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett's future. As his relationship with a student deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance... Written by
Mark Wahlberg's character eats cereal three times in the film. See more »
Neville instructs Jim to make sure Lamar doesn't beat Michigan by more than 7 points. During the game, the announcers refer to the opponent as cross town rivals. This is impossible as the film is set in California. See more »
If I give you this money and you don't pay me back, there are no rules. Do you understand the gravity of your situation?
I know what I have to do.
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During the opening titles, as the classic Paramount logo appears onscreen, we hear the sound of a roulette as the stars are aligning over the Paramount mountain. See more »
This is my first ever IMDb review, but I felt compelled to write it. I'm usually pretty partial to Wahlberg's movies, but this thing is just awful. I get what the movie is about, the self loathing and self destruction. The acting in this is just so flat, and boring and poorly directed. The script is ridiculously bad.
Wahlberg seems to think blurting out his poorly written dialog as fast and as unintelligibly as possible equates to a convincing portrait of an academic. It doesn't. He seems to think that acting bored equates to the portrait of a deeply troubled self destructive man. It doesn't.
Perhaps it improved dramatically after the hour mark, but I wouldn't know. For the first time in what must be 2 years, I gave up on a film. It was so terrible, not only did I fail to engage with any one of the characters or any aspect of the story at all, I was actively hating it! I could feel the movie literally vacuously and worthlessly sucking away my time like the most boring vampire that ever existed.
Bad script, woeful acting, weak direction, poor cinematography, weak soundtrack. So yeah...um...I didn't like it much.
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