Film Only Review:
Huck (Eric Bana) is an ambitious gambler in Las Vegas where gambling is 24/7 and he believes that his next hand could be his best ever. His only problem is that he can be over confident and reckless which actually holds him back sometimes from being as successful as he could be but he's a good player none the less and is apt 'usually' at reading people.
His life is gambling till he meets Billie (Drew Barrymore) a nice and rather naive girl who gets a singing job locally who believes in love and happy endings and sees the good in Huck who takes her gambling to show her the ropes and she see's no harm it at first.......till the charismatic Huck steals her money to gamble cos he's skint and wants to win at the casino so he can enter a poker championship to which his father, L.C Cheever and a man hard to beat and very well known is also playing along with lots of other people. Huck and L.C have issues within there relationship, deep seated ones to which they are not able to be like a normal father and son duo and there's a lot of angst there with them both trying sometimes to get one up on each other and the only thing they really have in common is gambling to which L.C taught Huck to do in the first place.
Billie though has deep feelings for Huck in a short time and wants him to eventually see that gambling isn't always a good thing and other things in life are just as important but will Huck see that in time to keep her or will he put the championships before her and hope she's still there or will he just want the gambling life and nothing else...well watch the film then you'll get those answers!
As you will see I haven't really gone into the plot too much and that's only because really there isn't one. Girl meets boy, girl falls for boy, boy loves gambling and the ending.... predictable to say the least. The characters were good enough I guess, Drew basically always plays similar characters to this in any film I have seen her in to be honest and she did a good enough job though she didn't half get some bad lines. Eric Bana was ok but the person who I did think acted his heart out and, especially in the square ups with his son was Robert Duvall who played L.C.
However this film really wasn't a rom/com for me and I found myself learning all about poker really! Most of the scenes were in the casino and it was more about gambling and the love story very much came second place to that in the film and only came really into things at the end. I now know how to play poker...seriously!
There were some amusing lines in the movie and a couple of nice moments to watch about relationships but all in all this is a very forgettable movie and one to catch on the tv if ever it on. It felt a long film, you could guess the ending a few minutes into watching it and although I can't say it was completely rubbish it just wasn't great!
This film is rated PG, has a run time of 124 minutes and available to purchase new and including postage and packaging for £2.95 though Google if interested for other stockists of this.
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