Poolhall Junkies Reviews
The acting at times is good, with the exception of Alison Eastwood, who could have easily had a pool cue stand in for her. I have no idea if she's this wooden in all of her films or if this was a special exception. Christopher Walken is quirky as usual but also rather restrained. His character added an interesting element to the film that probably could have been used much more effectively.
Plot line is very predictable, and has plenty of massive-sized holes in it. Why does it take Joe so long to find Johnny? How is it that Joe thinks that he can pistol-whip a local drug kingpin and still walk the streets to live for very many more days? Why is it that a hot-shot up-and-coming lawyer sees no issues with the love of her life involved in a mangled triangle with vengeful and vaguely dangerous ex-managers and an entire gang full of shot-gun toting drug dealers?
But far and away the biggest anomaly in this film is the bathroom in the pool hall. I've played in many pool halls and pool bars and have never seen a bathroom as spacious or nicely appointed. Truly.
All that being said, it still makes me want to go out and shoot some pool tonight. Maybe that's enough for Mars Callahan. But if that were really his goal, he could have saved a lot of time and money on a much shorter and better flick.