Two For the Money
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||Al Pacino, Matthew
McConaughey, Rene Russo, Jeremy Piven
||Unless you want
them to maybe get a gambling addiction.
||For the dude's you
get Jaime King and Rene Russo, for the dudette's you get
McConaughey with his shirt off a lot of times.
||Some side boobage
and a romp in the sack.
||There's a pretty
intense fight scene.
||Just some fast car
||Quite a few
||The scene with
Brandon in the park towards the end of the movie.
||Walter yelling "Is
that you dad?"
||Jay Cohen, James
How do I like my Al Pacino? I like my Al Pacino as a dude
who can seem like the nicest man in the world, your best
friend, willing to bend over backwards to take you into his
inner circle, but if you cross him in the least, or you fall
out of his trust, he turns into the meanest son of a bitch
youíve ever met. Happily, "Two For the Money" gave me the Al
Pacino I like. And Matthew McConaughey was pretty damn
Two For the Money
A Movie Review
"Two For the Money" gives us Brandon (McConaughey). Heís
pretty close to having his quarterback dream come true, up
until the last play of the bowl game (it pretty much sucks
when your leg kinda breaks in a direction it wasnít meant to
break). Convinced he can still make it as a pro quarterback,
Brandon does his best to stay in tip-top shape only to get
rejection letter after rejection letter after every tryout.
To pass the time and make a buck or two, he works at a
gloomy company that does recordings for 1-900 numbers. One
day he has to fill in for the dude who makes football picks,
decides to make his own, and we find that Brandon is right
pretty much about 80% of the time. But heís in small-time-ville,
especially for someone with such a gift. Enter Walter (Pacino).
From afar he has found out about Brandonís ability, and
recruits Brandon to come and work for him. So itís off to
New York City for Brandon, and the big city life.
At first Walter gives Brandon a test run, just doing
recordings again, but in doing so, he also makes Brandon
change his persona from a lowly "Marlboro Man," as Walter
describes him when they first meet, to John Anthony, the
Million Dollar Man who can make your dreams come true
because he has the picks you need to win your betting pool.
Quickly Walter sees the talent of Brandon, and further
grooms him into John Anthony, with Brandon eventually
turning into this character he didnít think he could really
become. He gets the style, he gets the swagger, he gets the
cockiness, and suddenly Brandon is slick, making lots of
cash, driving a cool car, and banging hot chicks.
But things aren't as cut and dry as the movie trailer
shows. We find that Walter is sick, and not just from his
many addictions. We find that his wife, Toni (Rene Russo),
does her best to keep Walter from collapsing into himself.
And we find that Brandon is really being set up to take over
the business from Walter, that Walter considers Brandon, or
more John Anthony, his son, and all being done as long as
Brandon keeps getting his sports picks right. And yea, you
can guess it, Brandon goes on a bit of a losing streak,
pretty much at the worst time.
Iíll let the rest of the film play out for you if you do
catch this one, and I recommend you do, especially if you
like a decent drama, can appreciate a great Al Pacino rant,
and since there really is more to this movie than my
synopsis gives. Matthew McConaughey does a great job at
showing the transformation of the humble Brandon to the
slick John, Rene Russo does a great job at showing her
difficulty and struggles as she works to save the man she
loves, and Pacino does a fabulous job being the Pacino I
With all of that, Iím giving "Two For the Money" 4 stars
out of 5. Look, Iíll be first to admit that Walterís
business model doesnít seem to be that great, but maybe it
really is closer to reality because you just wonder how
these dudes hawking how they can pick the winners on radio
and TV can make a buck. But, I suppose if your talent is
being able to consistently pick the winners, and with all of
the gambling that is out there, I guess people would gladly
pay you for your opinion. I just wonder if those folks are
as cruel and ruthless as some of the folks Walter has
working in his organization. I really don't plan on
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!