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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Two for the Money 2005 * * * Stars

Two for the MoneyDirector: D.J. Caruso
Year: 2005
Rated R
Rating: * * * Stars
Cast: Al Pacino, Rene Russo, Mathew McConaughey, 

Two for the Money is a 2005 release that dives head first into the volatile world of sports gambling. Our tour guides: Walter Abrams (played by Al Pacino, who chews a lot of scenery here) as an owner of a sports consulting operation and Brandon Lang (Matthew McConaughey), a former college football star turned sports handicapper, who acts as Walter's innocent protege. What starts off as a high energy romp turns dark and restless. Granted, this is not your ordinary sports flick. Its non-linear storytelling works because of the performances (Rene Russo is also effective in a supporting role as Pacino's character's wife). If you revel in the idea of Pacino playing himself, this is a must see. D. J. Caruso (The Salton Sea) directs. Dan Gilroy (Freejack) penned the script.

Written by Jesse Burleson

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