Four Dogs Playing Poker (2000)

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Affluent and affected Los Angelenos decide to pull an art heist for fun and profit, and, surprisingly enough, everything goes wrong. Electrical whiz-kid Kevin (Daniel London), tough insurance rep Holly (Stacy Edwards), and couple Audrey (Rushmore's Olivia Williams) and Julian (Balthazar Getty) take a holiday to Buenas Aires, where, under the guidance of experienced crook Felix (Tim Curry), they crash a wedding party thrown by a filthy rich art collector (George Lazenby). After stealing the collector's prize sculpture, a little Degas dancer, they return to L.A. Unfortunately, they're not certain that their treasure has made it onto the boat going north, and even more unfortunately, neither is the gangster (Forest Whitaker) who is meant to be paying them a million bucks for it. Obviously, the only thing left to do is come up with the money or the sculpture, so the foursome come to the decision that they will take out life insurance policies and draw straws to determine who gets picked off and who gets to do the picking. Coal-black comedy hijinks ensue.
Rating:
R (Language, Drug Use and Some Sexuality)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
Half Moon Entertainment

Cast

Tim Curry
as Felix
Forest Whitaker
as Mr. Ellington
Arly Jover
as Maria
Ruben Moreno
as Priest
Ray Berrios
as House Security Guard
Ramiro Fabian
as Supervisor
Octavia Spencer
as Waitress
Kevin West
as Bank Manager
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Critic Reviews for Four Dogs Playing Poker

All Critics (4)

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Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Variety
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August 7, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

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July 29, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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May 7, 2002
Filmcritic.com

I did not care about a single character.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Four Dogs Playing Poker

½

Mainly a rehash of "Shallow Grave" fused with elements of "The Usual Suspects", though it's nowhere near as good as those two genre classics. The film has an interesting premise but it simply doesn't deliver, mostly due to weak performances, point in fact, as characters are so irritating that we hope that they will just all die somehow. Admittedly, the "twist" ending, while predictable, is clever. Thriller junkies like myself may want to rent this, others should just watch again the films that inspired this one...

David Schwenker
David Schwenker

For the most part I found this to be a very well-written movie. The only thing I would change about the story is toward the end, in one of the last scenes the "villain" character explained her plot which kind of ruins things, and a character who is built up to be the type of person who would murder all 4 of them if he does not gets what he wants, is too friendly and too easily gives away the other peoples money. It would have been a lot more believable if they kept the friendliness out of it, and it would have made for a much more impactful ending if they just cut that whole scene (including the villian's explanation of their motives) from the movie. The acting leaves much room for improvement. But as I said the story is very interesting.

Artimus Clyde Frog
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