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21
- Jim Sturgess

Overview - Inspired by a true story, 21 mixes Las Vegas casino wheeling and dealing with college-kid angst: think OCEAN'S ELEVEN via THE PAPER CHASE. Kevin Spacey is crafty MIT professor Micky Rosa, who trains brainiac students to count cards and then flies them out to Vegas to raid the blackjack tables between classes.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Inspired by a true story, 21 mixes Las Vegas casino wheeling and dealing with college-kid angst: think OCEAN'S ELEVEN via THE PAPER CHASE. Kevin Spacey is crafty MIT professor Micky Rosa, who trains brainiac students to count cards and then flies them out to Vegas to raid the blackjack tables between classes. At first they rake in a bundle, but then catch the unwanted attention of tough-guy security chief, Cole Williams (Laurence Fishburne) who wants to prove himself before he's replaced by face recognition software. Super math genius Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess) originally joins the ring in order to come up with the $300,000 he needs for tuition money, but he's also gaga over the ring's resident babe, Jill (Kate Bosworth). When he finds out Professor Rosa hasn't been dealing entirely from a straight deck, Ben's high-end shopping spree dreams turn sour (though card counting is not illegal) and the battle of wits is on, no second chances given. Spacey is in his preternaturally calm, morally compromised element, stealing scenes left and right; Fishburne brings the hangdog depth; and everything bubbles over the 24-karat rocks, courtesy of director Robert Luketic (LEGALLY BLONDE). 21 is based on the bestseller BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE by Ben Mezrich.

Cast List

Dana Brunetti - Producer, FANBOYS
Kevin Spacey - American actor
Ryan Kavanaugh - TALLADEGA NIGHTS (2006)
Dave Sardy - Music Producer
David Sardy - Music Producer
Laurence Fishburne - American Actor, BOYZ N THE HOOD (1991), THE MATRIX (1999)
Larry Fishburne - American Actor, BOYZ N THE HOOD (1991), THE MATRIX (1999)
Laurence Fishburne III - American Actor, BOYZ N THE HOOD (1991), THE MATRIX (1999)
Allan Loeb - Screenwriter, THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE
Brett Ratner - Director, RUSH HOUR series/X-MEN: THE LAST STAND
Ben Mezrich - Author, BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE
Kate Bosworth - Actress, SUPERMAN RETURNS
Robert Luketic - Director, LEGALLY BLONDE (2001)
Russell Carpenter
Jim Sturgess - Actor, 21 (2008)
Michael De Luca - Executive Producer, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (2001)
William S. Beasley - PRODUCER/ASST. DIRECTOR
Bill Beasley - PRODUCER/ASST. DIRECTOR
Peter Steinfeld - Screenwriter

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 123
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396267183
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (for some violence, and sexual content including partial nudity)
  • Release Date: July 2009

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Thriller
True Story
Theatrical Release
Gambling
Math

 
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Reviews:
3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] some scene-stealing from producer Spacey that's a lesson in larceny all by itself." - 05/01/2008 Total Film, p.50


"It has some strong performances, most notably by Jim Sturgess, Laurence Fishburne and Kevin Spacey..." - 03/28/2008 USA Today


3 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t's a kick to watch Spacey and a gifted young cast use smarts to deal audiences a winning hand." - 04/03/2008 Rolling Stone, p.73


"[A] clever and novel card-sharp thriller....21 has enough good twists to keep jolting ahead." -- Grade: B - 04/04/2008 Entertainment Weekly, p.42-43


3 stars out of 5 -- "Luketic places the film in capable hands with his two leads. Bosworth is sweetly determined....Spacey is clearly enjoying himself immensely..." - 05/01/2008 Empire, p.54


"[A] film that offers viewers the thrill of breaking the bank at Las Vegas....Blown up on the big screen, 21 succeeds....Clearly a fascinating story." - 07/01/2008 Sight and Sound, p.80

 
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