Two for the Money

Rated R 122 minutes 2005

D.J. Caruso's first feature, The Salton Sea, was all about people hopped up on crystal meth. His latest stars Al Pacino, so it's kind of the same thing. Maybe once upon a time, Pacino demonstrated subtlety and nuance, but those days are long gone; here he rants, raves, and generally acts like a deranged salesman in his role as a sports bookie who hosts infomercials and runs a 1-900 tipline. It takes an equal ham to smoke Pacino in this mode, and Matthew McConaughey is it, as Pacino's latest protege, renamed and repackaged for public consumption. When Caruso finally reveals the self-destructive underpinnings of all the manic yelling, things start to make a little more sense. Two for the Money appears to be taking a lot of hatred from audiences and critics, but you have to wonder what anyone expected -- fans of the two stars should not be disappointed, nor should fans of movies where it looks like the actors are having a damn good time.

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Official Site: www.twoforthemoney.net

Director: D.J. Caruso

Writer: Dan Gilroy

Producer: James G Robinson and Jay Cohen

Cast: Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo, Jeremy Piven, Jonathan Bruce, Charles Carroll, Luciana Carro, Ralph Garman, Veena Sood and April Telek

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