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Rounders
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Starring: Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Malkovich, Martin Landau
MPAA Rated: R
Kiddie Movie: Nope, unless you want them to say "fuck" a lot.
Date Movie: She should like it.
Gratuitous Sex: Nah.
Gratuitous Violence: Mike and Worm get the crap beat out of them.
Action: Not really.
Laughs: A couple of lines.
Memorable Scene: All of the poker-playing scenes.
Memorable Quote: I can't give you the full quote, but it's when Mike comes in and spouts to the judges what all of their hands are.

Rounders
A Movie/DVD Review

 

Video Rated - R

It's 2:01 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
There's a reason I don't go to the poker pits when I'm at a casino. Simply, I figure my fate will end up in much the same way as that of the scene with the tourists who try to play poker against the big boys in Atlantic City in the video "Rounders." I'd have no chance, and I wouldn't even see what hit me before I was broke. So, I guess the video "Rounders" taught me a lesson, although after watching it I felt I was a better poker player anyway.

"Rounders" revolves around the story of Mike (Matt Damon) and the underground world of high-stakes poker. He's a genius at the poker table, well, almost a genius, until he let the win factor take over the sense factor and loses all of his cash in a super, high-stakes game. So, broke, he ends up concentrating more on his lawyer education and driving a delivery truck and gives up the game, that is all until his bestest buddy, Worm (Edward Norton) get out of the pokey and gets Mike right back into the game. Well, Worm isn't the brightest player, relying more on slight of hand tricks to win rather than smarts, and he ends up getting Mike into some money trouble with some not very nice people. So, Mike eventually ends up back on his own, but this time he doesn't have law school nor his girlfriend to rely on since he screwed up both of those things in the process. His only person to rely on ends up being a sympathetic judge/friend of his, played by Martin Landau, to try to get his life back on track. Finally Mike seems to get things right.

I liked "Rounders," and I think I may have learned a few tricks for my poker playing from it, but I highly doubt it will help me any if I do decide to try a poker table in a casino. But, Damon put forth another good performance, and Edward Norton is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors. His portrayal of the slippery dude, Worm, was right on. The movie was also interesting in showing the underground world of the poker game, its dangers, and its elements of fun.

"Rounders," I give it 3 stars out of 5. It's a solid rental, in the drama type category. But, I'd make sure the kids are in bed or they might think "fuck" and all of its variations are acceptable in everyday language because it sure was prevalent during most of the movie.

That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!!! L8R!!

 

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