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Casino Jack

Rated R 108 min. 2010



The Jack Abramoff story was ably retold last year in Alex Gibney's documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money, and now comes the dramatized feature, directed by George Hickenlooper and starring Kevin Spacey as Abramoff. It's also a bit of an orphan, coming in the wake of Hickenlooper's untimely death late last year. Hickenlooper's interest is in how particularly demented, flamboyant operators could flourish so easily in our thoroughly corroded democracy. The film's light touch seems like a good strategy, but Spacey wears thin as Hickenlooper overindulges his star, allowing him to perform distractingly dead-on impressions of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton that only serve to bring scenes to a halt. Most enjoyable: Jon Lovitz as a pathetic, contemptible but oddly resilient mob patsy.

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Official Site: casinojack-movie.com

Director: George Hickenlooper

Writer: Norman Snider

Producer: Gary Howsam, Bill Marks and George Zakk

Cast: Kelly Preston, Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Rachelle Lefevre, Jon Lovitz, Yannick Bisson, Eric Schweig, Maury Chaykin, Christian Campbell and Spencer Garrett

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