A book: Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker by Molly Bloom
Apparently real poker players were used in the film as extras and were paid $90 per day, but played poker with the actors between takes, considerably enhancing their income.
Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Chris O’Dowd, Graham Greene
A talented skier is sidelined due to accident and becomes a waitress in LA, where she meets and goes to work for a businessman who holds a high stakes poker game once a week. She becomes the organiser, and then starts her own game. Later she is ousted by one of the players and moves to New York where she gets a game for even higher stakes going, but she is raided by the FBI and must defend herself in court.
There is a lot of poker (in fact the film is mostly poker), helped a bit by on screen presentation of the hands. There is skiing and the accident, and quite a bit of time in the lawyer’s office, then inteviews with the FBI and court appearance. For the duration of the film almost constant voice-over. There is a bit of violence.
There was too much poker and too much voice-over for me, making the film seem like a very lengthy exposition, although I admit that I have no knowledge of the game at all, so perhaps I missed the point. It was quite well liked by the critics – perhaps they know about poker – and has been Oscar nominated for best adapted screenplay. So there we go, if you like poker it might be for you.
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