Two for the Money
If you enjoy watching Al Pacino do what he does best, (tear up the scenery in a film) you may want to see the comedy drama, Two for the Money. Following a career-ending football injury in college, Brandon Lang (Matthew McConaughey) takes a job as a sportscaster in Las Vegas for a sports betting hotline. He provides predictions to his callers for upcoming football games ad he’s so good at it that he’s contacted by a major betting consultation service run by Walter Abrams (Al Pacino). Walter flies Brandon to New York to be his right hand man and sets him up in a beautiful apartment, buys him a new car and transforms him into a super slick prognosticator named John Anthony. Brandon helps Walter win millions of dollars but like everything else, what goes up must come down and Brandon looses his confidence, his touch and millions of dollars. With the help of Walter’s pretty wife Toni (Rene Russo) he’s finally able to regain his confidence (maybe you can guess how) but he still wants out of the gambling business. This movie has its funny moments but it’s mostly just a vehicle to showcase Picino’s acting skills and McConaughey’s dashing good looks. The transformation of the three main characters is a high point but the script is tired and not that special. This movie is about gambling and my bet is that after two weeks you’ll forget what it was about. In fact, I forgot already. (Of course, that might just be an age thing.) It’s a little better than average and I’m giving it a C+ rating.
This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.