Owning Mahowny Nobody plays shlubby, quiet desperation quite like Hoffman, whose Dan Mahowny is a nondescript bank manager with a "financial problem." He's been stealing from his… Owning Mahowny Nobody plays shlubby, quiet desperation quite like Hoffman, whose Dan Mahowny is a nondescript bank manager with a "financial problem." He's been stealing from his…
Movie on DVD Review

Owning Mahowny (2003)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Oct 14, 2003; DVD Release Date: Oct 14, 2003; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Comedy, Mystery and Thriller; With: Minnie Driver and Philip Seymour Hoffman; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Nobody plays shlubby, quiet desperation quite like Hoffman, whose Dan Mahowny is a nondescript bank manager with a ''financial problem.'' He's been stealing from his clients' considerable funds to feed a serious gambling addiction and fend off lenders. It's a virtuoso performance, based on the true story of Canada's largest one-man bank fraud, but there's a catch. Hoffman assumes the least attractive aspects of addiction: Employees at the flashy Vegas casino he frequents call his character the Iceman, not because he's fearsome, but because he's dead-eyed, whether he's up a million or down -- and it's difficult to summon much sympathy for a man so blandly driven to destruction. EXTRAS None.

Originally posted Oct 17, 2003 Published in issue #733 Oct 17, 2003 Order article reprints
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