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Bookies (2004)




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Three ordinary college students get in over their head when the go into the world of sports gambling in this comedy drama from director Mark Illsley, who previously scored with the offbeat comedy Happy, Texas. Toby (Nick Stahl) is a seemingly ordinary student doing his undergrad work at a college in Southern California. Like the average college student, Toby and his roommates, Casey (Lukas Haas) and Jude (Johnny Galecki), are interested in sports, and they don't mind betting on games sometimes to make the competition more interesting. Tired of dealing with local bookies Larry (David Proval) and Vincent (John Diehl), the guys decide to start their own bookmaking operation, and after landing several clients from an upscale frat house, Toby, Casey, and Jude are suddenly making a lot of money, which they start spending on upscale toys and drugs. But soon the three are making and spending enough to attract the attention of Larry and Vincent, who aren't too happy about having competition. Bookies also features Rachael Leigh Cook as Toby's girlfriend, Hunter.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Bacall
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 31, 2004
MGM Home Entertainment


John Diehl
as Vincent
Steve Hudson
as Julius Garrett
Errol Trotman-Harewo...
as Professor Felix
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Critic Reviews for Bookies

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Both a satiric and level-headed slant on collegiate life and big-time sports, Bookies is an eye-opening amusement.

February 25, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Noisy, grating and morally dubious.

Full Review… | February 25, 2003
Top Critic

One of those undemanding pieces of entertainment that somehow creep up on you and force you to like them. This one's doubly recommended to those familiar with the joys and sorrows affiliated with sports betting.

Full Review… | January 27, 2003

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Film Threat

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Audience Reviews for Bookies

I enjoyed the movie and I got really into it...however there were some things I really didn't like. Most of the characters were really unlikable. The only character I actually cared about was Stahl's. Rachael Leigh Cook's character was really stuck up and self absorbed. Then there was Stahl's friend who was so obnoxious and did the stupidest things. I was kind of hoping he had gotten shot by the other gamblers. I also didn't really love the character Stahl played, he was too serious and didn't have much of a personality at all. I really like Nick Stahl as an actor, but I don't think this was his best performance.

The other thing I did not like about this movie was the narrator aspect of it. I guess it's just me, but I don't like a narrator telling me what is going on and giving me worthless background information that I really don't need to know in order to understand the movie. I'm not stupid, I get what's happening.

Then there was the ending. There was a little twist that was fun, but at the very end *SPOILER*, they aren't friends anymore and his "girlfriend" (I don't know if you even consider Cook's character a girlfriend to Stahl seeing as how they never showed any chemistry whatsoever) might not be his "girlfriend" anymore? The girlfriend bit was my last concern. If Cook and Stahl were supposed to be girlfriend/boyfriend they could've kissed or hugged at least once throughout the movie. I mean seriously. They didn't even look like good friends in the movie...what was the director trying to do there? They could've taken Cook's character out completely and it wouldn't have made the slightest difference in the movie. It just confused me. If they just added Cook's character in there just to add a bit of romance to the didn't work.

I probably would not watch this movie again, but I really did enjoy it. The ending just disappointed me, I was hoping for something bigger and spectacular to happen.

Japes .

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Leo L

Super Reviewer

An independent film to say the least that would probably bypass 9/10 people that walk into a video store. I caught sight of this film on television and I must say that it wasn't bad. This movie really digs inside to you and shows why you just shouldn't get into the professional gabbling industry. I thought it was an interesting choice of cast with Johnny Galecki playing the "badass" of the group when I'm so used to seeing him on The Big Bang Theory and in Roseanne. I would've thought he'd play the opposite like Lukas Haas' character, the nerdy bookkeeper of the bets that is never 100 percent certain whether he wants to remain involved or not.

Overall, It's not a movie you'll talk about for the rest of your life and it wont ever be considered a cult classic, but it was well made and worth my time.

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