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Rated R · 108 min. · 2010

Comedy


The Jack Abramoff story was ably retold last year in Alex Gibney's documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money, and now comes the dramatized feature, directed by George Hickenlooper and starring Kevin Spacey as Abramoff. It's also a bit of an orphan, coming in the wake of Hickenlooper's untimely death late last year. Hickenlooper's interest is in how particularly demented, flamboyant operators could flourish so easily in our thoroughly corroded democracy. The film's light touch seems like a good strategy, but Spacey wears thin as Hickenlooper overindulges his star, allowing him to perform distractingly dead-on impressions of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton that only serve to bring scenes to a halt. Most enjoyable: Jon Lovitz as a pathetic, contemptible but oddly resilient mob patsy.


See our full review: Kevin Spacey as <i>Casino Jack</i> Abramoff

Kevin Spacey as Casino Jack Abramoff

George Hickenlooper's film takes a novel, comic approach, but it isn't compelling enough to interest those who got their fill from Alex Gibney's documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money. »

Official Site: casinojack-movie.com
Director: George Hickenlooper
Writer: Norman Snider
Producer: Gary Howsam, Bill Marks and George Zakk
Cast: Kelly Preston, Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Rachelle Lefevre, Jon Lovitz, Yannick Bisson, Eric Schweig, Maury Chaykin, Christian Campbell and Spencer Garrett

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