If nothing else, this comedy-drama re-establishes the talents of its lead actors. Ryan Reynolds shows that his wiseacre persona can crackle in the right role. Ben Mendelsohn flashes the star power already known to audiences in his native Australia. Gerry (Mendelsohn) is a compulsive gambler with a wrecked family life. When he meets charming Curtis (Reynolds) at a poker table in Iowa, they start gambling their way to New Orleans, where Gerry will try to bluff his way out of misery in a high-stakes card game. With echoes of Robert Altman’s California Split, this buddy road movie wallows in seedy locales. But the life-lessons imparted by Gerry are as dubious as his river card to salvation, leaving you with the perhaps-unintended suspicion that he’ll find a way to squander good fortune again.
Director: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
Writer: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
Cast: Sienna Miller, Ryan Reynolds, Analeigh Tipton, Ben Mendelsohn, Robin Weigert, Alfre Woodard, Stephanie Honoré and Patrick Kearns
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