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Even Money (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Even Money is so obsessed with portraying the ills of gambling it forgets to develop compelling or likable characters.

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Forest Whitaker, Kim Basinger, Jay Mohr, Danny DeVito, Nick Cannon, and Carla Gugino star in director Mark Rydell's ensemble addiction drama detailing the manner in which gambling and drugs affect a variety of people's lives during the weeks leading up to a championship college basketball game. Carolyn (Basinger) is a struggling novelist whose addiction to the slots drives her to deceive her husband Tom (Liotta). Though Carloyn claims to be working on her latest manuscript at a nearby coffee shop, the reality of her situation is decidedly more desperate. Meanwhile, local maintenance worker Clyde (Whitaker) stands at the sidelines of the basketball court cheering for his little brother Godfrey (Cannon) while keeping his lingering gambling debts a well-guarded secret. In another part of town, the ageing Detective Bruner (Kelsey Grammer) methodically trails malevolent bookie Victor (Tim Roth) as Victor's small-time counterpart Augie (Mohr) patiently waits for his ship to come in. As the big game draws near and casino magician Walter (DeVito) befriends gambling-addicted novelist Carolyn, all of these disparate characters slowly come together on a tragic collision course.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
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On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
Yari Film Group

Cast

Kim Basinger
as Carolyn Carver
Danny DeVito
as Walter
Nick Cannon
as Godfrey Snow
Kelsey Grammer
as Detective Brunner
Ray Liotta
as Tom Carver
Forest Whitaker
as Clyde Snow
Carla Gugino
as Veronica
Jay Mohr
as Augie
Suzanne Covington
as Lady Winner
Phil Perlman
as Retiree
Adele Perlman
as Female Retiree
Warren Durso
as Blackjack Player
Robert McEvilly
as Blackjack Dealer No. 2
Carson Brown
as Nicole
Tim Roth
as Victor
Michael Eaves
as Announcer
Texas Battle
as Darius Jackson
Charlie Robinson
as Coach Washington
Gloria Green
as Slot Lady
Robert Miano
as Pit Boss
Gabriel Cannon
as Trainer
Larry Burnett
as Sportscaster
Parisa Fitz-Henley
as Caribbean Woman
Robb Skyler
as Blackjack Dealer No. 1
Ryan Rich
as Monte Spectator No.1
Rose Colosanti
as Monte Spectator No.2
Robert Peters
as Monte Player
Jonathan T. Floyd
as Michael Black
Shaun T. Benjamin
as Craig White
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Critic Reviews for Even Money

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (14)

Um, gambling's bad, mkay?

May 31, 2007
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Just about everyone falls into a black hole of overwritten, overwrought melodrama in this convoluted disaster.

May 21, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Even Money never quite achieves [Crash's] epic badness -- but Kim Basinger's mortifying turn as the struggling writer is hysterical in every sense of the word.

Full Review… | May 19, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Strong performances save this somewhat melodramatic film from sudsing up, at least until the end.

May 18, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

If you're looking for entertainment, save your 10 bucks for the lottery.

Full Review… | May 18, 2007
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The story is scarcely grounded in the mechanics of real-world expression.

Full Review… | May 18, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Even Money

½

really good flick. complete all star cast and everyone really delivered. it was cool to see peoples stories intertwined who really had nothing to do with each other and never met, even though they were connected in many ways. it makes you wonder how many people you are connected to that you dont even know exist. there werent alot of redeeming characteristics in some of the characters except maybe ray liota and nick cannons character, but i still felt for some of these characters. this film does a great job of showing the downfalls of money and greed.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

Good film, great cast and performances. A standout performance by Tim Roth.

Chosen 718
Chosen 718

Super Reviewer

½

I would assume that some big favors were exchanged in order to put together the great cast that this film has for such a horribly weak script. The project must have been portrayed as some type of charity event because it would have cost a fortune if all these folks were paid to be in this stinker. Robert Tannen must be related to someone big in Hollywood, as there's no other explanation for his formulaic, clichéd script to have been given the green light. Don't waste you time...

Moe E
Moe E

Super Reviewer

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