Reindeer Games (Deception) (2000)

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Critic Consensus: Despite a decent cast, subpar acting and a contrived plot disappointed reviewers.

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A burglar looking to make time with a beautiful woman after five years in prison falls into a dangerous trap in this action drama. Rudy (Ben Affleck) is serving time in prison for auto theft, where he becomes friendly with his cellmate Nick (James Frain). Nick has been enjoying a spicy courtship by mail with a woman named Ashley (Charlize Theron), who has sent him several enticing photos, even though he has been unable to send her any of himself. Rudy and Nick are to be released the same day, but Nick is killed in an altercation with only three days left to serve. Rudy is let out on schedule, and discovers Ashley, unaware that Nick is dead, is waiting for him. Swayed by her beauty, Rudy claims to be Nick, which turn out to be fun until Rudy meets Ashley's brother Gabriel (Gary Sinise). Gabriel runs with a group of outlaws planning on using Nick's knowledge of an Indian gambling casino in Michigan where he once worked in order to stage a massive robbery on Christmas Eve. Rudy soon realizes if keeps on being Nick, he gets to stay with Ashley, but he'll also have to go along with Gabriel's robbery, which could easily land him back in prison -- or get him killed. Clarence Williams III, Danny Trejo and Donal Logue play Gabriel's henchmen; Dennis Farina, Isaac Hayes, and Ashton Kutcher also highlight the supporting cast. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Rating:
R (for strong violence, language, and sexuality)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Ben Affleck
as Rudy Duncan
Gary Sinise
as Gabriel
Dennis Farina
as Jack Bangs
Danny Trejo
as Jumpy
Ashton Kutcher
as College Kid
Dana Stubblefield
as The Alamo
Mark Acheson
as Mean Guard
Tom Heaton
as Ugly Staffer
Thomas Heaton
as Ugly Staffer
Michael Sunczyk
as Distant Inmate No. 1
Douglas H. Arthurs
as Distant Inmate No. 2
Dean Wray
as Guard No. 1
Robin Driscoll
as Desk Clerk
Ron Sauve
as Guard No. 2
Ron Jeremy
as Prisoner No. 1
Hrothgar Mathews
as Exit Guard
Ron Hyatt
as Prisoner #1
Gordon Tootoosis
as Old Governor
Lee Jay Bamberry
as Young Governor
Frank Jones
as Security Boss
Jimmy Herman
as Bartender
John B. Destry
as Fat Guy
Ana Paul Piedade
as Portuguese Woman
Enuka Okuma
as Cocktail Waitress No. 1
John Destrey
as Fat Guy
Eva De Viveiros
as Cocktail Waitress No. 2
Joanna Piros
as TV Newscaster
Robyn Driscoll
as Desk Clerk
Lonny Chapman
as Old Timer
Alonso Oyarzun
as Casino Dealer
Hrothgar Matthews
as Exit Guard
Rod Wolfe
as Cashier No. 1
Marcus Hondro
as Cashier No. 2
Sam Bob
as Video Guard
Jacob Rupp
as Park Ranger No. 1
David Jacox
as Park Ranger No. 2
Anna Hagan
as Mother
Ken Camroux
as Father
Terry O'Sullivan
as Aunt Mary
Paula Shaw
as Aunt Lisbeth
Don S. Williams
as Uncle Ray
Michael Sunczk
as Distant Inmate #1
Wendy Noel
as Stacey
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Critic Reviews for Reindeer Games (Deception)

All Critics (88) | Top Critics (26)

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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Narratively, the movie is similar to a casino game: you're not sure where you are and the house has the advantage.

December 31, 1999
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Reindeer Games (Deception)

½

The trap is set. The game is on. Good movie. This film was entertaining and had a real good story with a very great ending I must say. Really good cast to go along a very good movie is priceless. After being imprisoned for six years on a grand theft auto charge, Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) and his cellmate Nick (James Frain) are finally going to be paroled. After hearing endless stories during his incarceration of Nick's romantic correspondence to a woman named Ashley he has never met (Charlize Theron), Rudy is looking forward to returning to his family and having a fresh cup of hot chocolate. When Nick is killed during a prison riot, Rudy decides to assume Nick's identity upon release from prison and meet up with the unknown woman. Burdened with a base knowledge of Nick's Indian casino employment past, Rudy finds himself in too deep with Ashley's brother Gabriel (Gary Sinise) and is violently forced to cooperate with a casino robbery that Gabriel and his gang have been planning with Nick in mind.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

it was entertaining. B

Richard C
Richard C

Super Reviewer

½

i really liked this film its amusing and is action packed and not a bad storyline so i really enjoyed it!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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