Poolhall Junkies (2002)
Average Rating: 4.6/10
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Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 13
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A small-time pool shark with dreams of the big time seeks revenge against the mentor who did him wrong in this drama. Johnny Doyle (Mars Callahan) was a teenaged orphan when Joe (Chazz Palminteri) took him under his wing and taught him everything there is to know about shooting pool. Johnny became a genius with a cue, but while he dreamed of becoming a respected professional billiards player, Joe preferred to keep him working along the lower rungs of pool hustling. When Johnny learns just how
Jun 8, 2002 Wide
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Whatever you want to say about this Mars Callaghan -- who is an avid cue-man in real life -- he would seem to be able to sink anything. Darned if he doesn't make this whole movie disappear.
As a director, Callahan wants the verve that Martin Scorsese brought to The Color of Money, but his visual approach is careless, relying too much on clichéd slo-mo and hasty edits.
[A]ll of it just seems so familiar and so trite, we know exactly where this is going.
90 minutes of slow-leaking, macho stomach gas, in which everyone talks like they were on brawny pills and every tawdry song on the soundtrack makes you feel as if you were trapped in a lap dance club.
This film coulda been a contender if Callahan hadn't worn so many hats -- but it has moments that make it worth waiting for on video.
The fast-paced picture sizzles with energy, and it's a tour de force for Mars Callahan, who co-wrote and directed.
A lowlife billiards drama that lacks the drive and edginess of the classic The Hustler, Poolhall Junkies does get by on its humor, energy and earnest charm.
With a better lead and more inspired direction, Poolhall Junkies might have been decent entertainment. But Callahan the actor is the biggest liability in Callahan the director's film.
When Christopher Walken saunters into Poolhall Junkies, he kicks it from so-so to worthwhile.
Though there's not much in Poolhall Junkies we haven't seen many times before, the film manages to remain mostly entertaining due mostly to some surprisingly effective performances and a brisk pace.
The snappy dialogue and cool characters provide enough pure entertainment to make this is a fun flick.
I haven't enjoyed a cheesy, over-acted B-movie as much since Eddie And The Cruisers.
The result is by no means the embarrassment that many such offerings from unjustifiably vain actor-auteurs have been, but nor does it present much of anything new or compelling to demand one's attention.
The movie does feature enough amiable characters to keep you interested throughout and even more so if you're a fan of pool.
A poster of The Color of Money in one poolhall is less homage than ironic.
This film seems destined to join the ranks of such 'classics' as Showgirls, Rock Star, and other debacles that are so atrociously campy that they end up being fun to watch.
Audience Reviews for Poolhall Junkies
- Mike: You had Phil shaking like a dog shitting peach seeds.
- Johnny Doyle: Bet twenty thousand! Oh, did I stutter? Everybody gone all quiet and shit? About a minute ago it was like an evening at the Apollo up in this motherfucker, now all of a sudden it's quiet as a church.
- Johnny Doyle: No. See, I just paid five-thousand dollars for your shot. Now it's my shot.
- Johnny Doyle: But Merv, I didn't say I would tell you where you'd bought 'em, I said I'd tell you where you got 'em, and right now you got your shoes on your feet.
- Joe: You beat them, you take their money, you call them names to their faces... and they love you. I don't know how you do it. I never saw anything like it. Beating a man out of his money, that's easy. Anybody can do that. But beating a man out of his money and making him like it... that's an art. That's an art of a true hustler.
- Mike: Now... don't beat him. Kick his ass!
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