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Ocean's Thirteen
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Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon , Ellen Barkin, Al Pacino, Bernie Mac, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Elliott Gould, Shaobo Qin, Don Cheadle, Andy Garcia, Scott L. Schwartz, Carl Reiner
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Warner Bros.
Web Site: oceans13.warnerbros.com
Kiddie Movie: Hire a sitter and leave them at home.
Date Movie: If both of you liked "Ocean's Eleven."
Gratuitous Sex: Abigail's cleavage is figured prominently, and she can't seem to get enough of Linus' scent.
Gratuitous Violence: Nah.
Action: No real chasing here.
Laughs: Lots of one-liners.
Memorable Scene: I hate to say it, but the Oprah Winfrey scenes.
Memorable Quote: The workers want thirty seven thousand dollars.
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh
Produced By: Jerry Weintraub

Ocean's Thirteen
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 2:02 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I remember enjoying the remake of "Oceanís Eleven," even with the convolutedness of the story. I didnít hate "Oceanís Twelve" as much as most people seemed to, and though I never did review it, I thought it had the feeling that our group just wanted to play around in Europe for a while, tied to a movie. Thankfully, though, "Oceanís Thirteen" brings the crew back to Las Vegas where it is payback time for Willy Bank (Al Pacino), who screws over Reuben (Elliot Gould), and Willy finds that itís not good to screw over a member of Danny Oceanís (George Clooney) crew.

So thatís the set-up: Rueben gets screwed over by Willy and finds himself nearly dead from a heart problem, so Danny rounds up the boys to ruin Willy. And of course, what is the best way to ruin a wealthy, pompous ass like Mr. Bank? In the pocketbook of course, only this time there isnít a safe to steal the money from, only some protected jewels and a convoluted plot to cause Willy to lose money by making all of the people at the grand opening of his new casino to win, and win big. Danny and most of the boys have to rig the dice, rig the roulette balls, rig the blackjack tables, cause an "earthquake," etc, leaving Linus (Matt Damon), to lead the swindling of the diamond necklaces tied to the classiness ratings of Bankís casinos. I suppose I could go more into the plot, but why? "Oceanís Thirteen" isnít a movie trying to break new ground, nope, itís trying to stay in the same vein as the first one, hoping youíll come along for the ride, only this time you donít have to get acquainted with the various characters.

And you know what? Itís a fun ride, but hereís a little warning: As much as you had to suspend some reality in the first and second films, you really have to suspend most, if not all of it, to enjoy this installment. You have to believe that no one in Las Vegas knows the players in Oceanís crew. You have to believe that it is easy to infiltrate the plant where casino dice are made. You have to believe that it is really, really, really easy to buy off people. You have to believe that you can bring in some tunneling equipment that supposedly was used to make the Chunnel (thatís the underground train tunnel from Great Britain to France) and fire it up, underground, in Las Vegas. And not lastly, but you have to believe that Matt Damon, I mean Linus, wearing a giant nose, can lure Abigail (Ellen Barkin) into his arms, especially when he is wearing this magic scent that drives women wild.

But go ahead and suspend reality for a couple of hours and just enjoy that the boys are back in Vegas, where they belong, creating havoc for those who have way too much money.

Everyone is back playing their respective roles, except for Tess (Julia Roberts) and Isabel (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who we learn right at the onset that this job isnít their fight. Andy Garcia is back as Terry Benedict, who Danny must actually let into his world for some financial help, and I loved Al Pacino as Willy Bank (but couldnít they give him a better first name?). But not to be forgotten is David Paymer as the Very Unimportant Person, and even though it just builds into her empire, the Oprah Winfrey clips were pretty funny.

If you enjoyed "Oceanís Eleven" you already are good enough at suspending reality for a bit to enjoy a movie, and youíll probably do fine during "Oceanís Thirteen." If all you did for the first two installments, though, was complain, "That couldnít really happen," then you will probably want to stay away. For me I liked this one probably about as much as the first, so Iíll keep the star rating the same: 4 stars out of 5.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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