Even Money In Even Money , an overstructured, overacted indie drama about gambling, addiction, and the sawdusty romanticism of old-time magicians directed by veteran Mark Rydell, name-brand… Even Money In Even Money , an overstructured, overacted indie drama about gambling, addiction, and the sawdusty romanticism of old-time magicians directed by veteran Mark Rydell, name-brand… 2007-05-18 R PT108M Drama Mystery and Thriller Kim Basinger Danny DeVito Ray Liotta Forest Whitaker Yari Film Group
Movie Review

Even Money (2007)

MPAA Rating: R
Danny DeVito, Even Money | SLIGHT OF HAND De Vito's tricks aren't enough to hold our interest in Even Money , a pseudo-star-studded look at gambling...and magic
SLIGHT OF HAND De Vito's tricks aren't enough to hold our interest in Even Money, a pseudo-star-studded look at gambling...and magic
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Limited Release: May 18, 2007; Rated: R; Length: 108 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Kim Basinger and Danny DeVito; Distributor: Yari Film Group

In Even Money, an overstructured, overacted indie drama about gambling, addiction, and the sawdusty romanticism of old-time magicians directed by veteran Mark Rydell, name-brand actors indulge themselves by playing showily eccentric characters who probably seemed cool in the script. Among the denizens at the crossroads of Dreamer and Loser Streets, a brittle Kim Basinger flutters as Carolyn, a successful author with a secret gambling addiction; Ray Liotta frets as her saintly husband; Jay Mohr talks trash as a junior bookie; Tim Roth terrorizes (surprise!) as a sadistic, far-more-senior bookie; Nick Cannon grins as a college hoops star; and Forest Whitaker wails as the athlete's older brother who's in over his head in debt.

In a tip of the top hat from novice screenwriter Robert Tannen to his magician grandfather, a sleight-of-hand man who calls himself the Amazing Abraham also kibitzes and, in the care of Danny DeVito, noodges the hell out of all concerned — except for Carolyn, who's charmed. In fact, she's so smitten that she shimmies into a slinky assistant's costume. Then the slender woman says, ''This dress makes me look fat.'' And, presto, my patience vanishes.

Originally posted May 15, 2007 Published in issue #935 May 25, 2007 Order article reprints
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