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Two For The Money

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Brandon Lang loves football: an injury keeps him from the pros, but his quarterback's anticipation makes him a brilliant predictor of games' outcomes. Needing money, he leaves Vegas for Manhattan to work for Walter Abrams advising gamblers. Walter has a doting wife, a young daughter, and a thriving business, but he has problems: a bum heart, a belief he's a master manipulator, and addictions barely kept in check. He remakes Brandon, and a father-son relationship grows. Then, things go awry. Walter may be running a con. The odds against Brandon mount.
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Liked the story, but not enough character development
Loved the performances. Al Pacino is one of my favorite actors. I am not familiar with sports betting, and found the story informative. However, I was disappointed with the formation of the characters. I would say it was more due to the writing than the acting. I could tell from the beginning that Renee Russo's character was 'supposed' to be an enabler. I felt that it was not, however, subtle enough; she was saying and doing things that she was 'supposed' to do, and practically shouting that she was a codependent. I wish it hadn't been so spelled-out. Same with John (Matthew McConaughey's character). The character went from small town to big shot so quickly. The rest of the story itself was very good.

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LuvOfMoney Scottsdale, AZ

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Worth betting on, for the most part
Two for the Money is a decent, diverting picture. The material at times seems a little beneath these fine actors, but the film ends up hitting enough of the right notes to make it worth seeing.

Matthew McConaughey would seem a little out of his league on the same screen with Al Pacino and Rene Russo. By the end of the film, you will most likely feel that he's more than held his own, however. McConaughey plays a former college football star who sees his chances of a professional career destroyed by a serious injury. He quickly finds himself picking college football games for a low-rent betting line. With all of his past experience as a player, he does quite well with it. Well enough to attract the attention of Al Pacino, who runs a more up-scale operation in New York. By the end of the first half hour, McConaughey is picking all kinds of football winners, and making Pacino a ton of money. As you would expect, this success does not last very long as various egos spiral out of control and the betting gods turn on our heroes as they eventually do to all of us. The film is more of a character study about the minds of gamblers and lost identity than it is about the workings of an actual betting organization. Overall, it works on a couple different levels.

Pacino is fine, but not as out of control as you might hope. His character has a bad heart, so any typical Pacino tantrums are not really in order for him. He brings as much dignity as one could to the role of an addicted gambler, though. Rene Russo is terrific as his long-suffering wife and a former junkie. Pacino at some points seems to be trying to lose her to McConaughey. He being one of those terribly afflicted gamblers who only feels alive when he's just lost everything he wagered. The supporting cast is pretty good, too. Jeremy Piven is always appreciated, and so is the appearance by Armand Assante.

The best scene in the film takes place at a betting support group meeting that Pacino and his new protégé walk in on. Pacino, being a hopeless gambler himself shows empathy toward these degenerates, then has the nerve to pass out his business card to them!!! The logic I guess being that if you people have to lose, you might as well do it through a fellow degenerate gambler.

The biggest flaw I noticed was too many shots of McConaughey without his shirt on. Yes, the guy has great abs, but we don't need to see so much of them!! Overall this is a good film with some interesting things to say about people who bet. Notice how in the end, the "experts" are really just like the guys they take calls from. During the big games, we're all just sitting there with a beer in our hand, hanging by every first down or dropped ball.

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ThomasJ San Francisco, CA

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Eh...maybe Netflix it, but don't pay specifically for this
You can't go wrong with Pacino, can you? Well...ya...evidently you can. You can cancel out the Pacino with a dose of McConaughey. It might be an entertaining movie, but this is one of the cookiecutter movies that tries to make gambling look classy for a little while. We get it though -- this movie theme has be BEATEN TO DEATH. LET IT DIE.

The semi-legal/illegal stuff can be exciting and opulent, and then it fails and the bottom falls out of the basement. Thanks....we all get it now. How many different things can you shoehorn into this template and film?

There's some cool luxuries to look at in the movie, if that's your thing, but there's not really any substance here. The plot is worthless, the storyline is weak, and it's more predictable predictable than a calendar. This may be something I could recommend if you enjoy "actionish" movies where you turn your brain off, put on a drool-bib, lean back and get fed content.

None of that really matters in the face of McConaughey's abhorrent acting and ridiculous personality though. You could put him in the Godfather and make it unwatchable.

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Cramer and Lenny
Movie is good, plot is good and the actors are good. what more can we ask for? although it is based on the sport industry but i can;t help to think of this movie as the reflection of Jim cramers and Lenny Dykstra

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All emotion of traders can be seen in this movie.
I watched this file in a one breath because all the attributes of the modern notion of a successful life is seen here. Brandon becomes a victim of injuries in professional sport. But it turned out that he has the talent to foresee the results of games, on which the bookmaker Walter can earn a few million per day. Accordingly, Brandon has a chance to work in ideal conditions - a separate spacious room with a gym, freedom of action, and all the charm of a comfortable life. Next great of Al Pacino. All emotion of traders can be seen in this movie. Cool relation with trading experience.

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Could have been really good.
Heavy on style and atmosphere and light on virtually everything else.

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Worth it if you like Al.
The initial set-up is interesting enough but the film rapidly loses its way in the middle and ends up a horribly confused mess, with sub-plots and entire characters simply disappearing into thin air.

While there are parts of Two for the Money worth watching, it's ultimately not one worth putting your money on. Unless.... like me, you like Al Pacino. mmmmm yum.

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Decent flick. Worth watching once
its entertaining. i dont care for the ending but it i liked it. If ur into sports or sports gambling this is a good movie to watch on asunday. but only once

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Well written and accurate movie
Two for the Money does a great job of illustrating the ups and downs of the sports gambling world. Unlike the stock market, sports gambling entails swings that are in some cases uncontrollable. Two for the money is the sports gambling version of Wall Street, and I think that anybody interested in sports gambling should watch this.

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Just OK
It wasnt a bad movie but it wasnt one of those that I would watch twice...

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