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EVEN MONEY: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Struggling writer and mother Carolyn (Kim Basinger) loses the family savings at a casino; washed up Las Vegas magician Walter (Danny DeVito) tries to help Carol regain her money; Clyde (Forest Whitaker) owes so much money to his dangerous bookie Murph (Grant Sullivan) that he asks his NBA destined nephew Godfrey (Nick Cannon) to throw a game on which Clyde will bet ... the lives of nine individuals as their fates become increasingly entwined in a web of addiction and gambling, culminating at one critical moment where their lives will be lost or reclaimed.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Ambitious as it is, Even Money truly succeeds as a gripping story about our urge to want more; more love, or more money, or just more life ... as the story's sometime narrator (and participant) Detective Brunner (Kelsey Grammer) explains. Human weakness is the theme, and there is plenty of it in this cautionary tale.

Kim Basinger is excellent as Caroliyn Carver the author addicted to gambling in between writing books, causing a rift between herself and her husband (Ray Liotta) and daughter (Carson Brown). Forest Whitaker makes a moving loser who implicates his sports star brother in a scheme to fix basketball games so he can win back money he owes to a nasty syndicate of bookies and criminals like Murph (Grant Sullivan) and Victor (Tim Roth) - all working for the mysterious but powerful Ivan (writer/director Mark Rydell's cameo).

Danny DeVito is also in top form as the washed up Las Vegas magician, Walter, who does sleight of hand at the casino to make a few bucks, and takes Carolyn under his wing in a genuine but doomed attempt to help her.

This top notch cast make the most of Rydell's well observed and structured screenplay, and the technicals (eg cinematography and original score) are first rate. Involving and satisfying, Even Money deals with issues that we can all understand through our own experiences, even if we haven't ourselves had the misfortune to be smitten by our inherent flaws.

Published October 30, 2008

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

EVEN MONEY: DVD (MA)
(US, 2006)

CAST: Kim Basinger, Nick Cannon, Danny DeVito, Kelsey Grammer, Ray Liotta, Jay Mohr, Tim Roth, Grant Sullivan, Forest Whitaker, Carla Gugino, Mark Rydell

PRODUCER: Mark Rydell, David S. Greathouse

DIRECTOR: Mark Rydell

SCRIPT: Robert Tannen

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Robbie GReenberg

EDITOR: Hughes Winborne

MUSIC: Dave Grusin

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Robert Pearson

RUNNING TIME: 108 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 5.1

SPECIAL FEATURES: none

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Home Video

DVD RELEASE: October 1, 2008







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