Two for the Money – Filtered
Laid back Brandon Lang (Matthew McConaughey) can’t pursue his dream of playing pro football after suffering a serious knee injury. Living in Las Vegas, he works for a sports bookie and has an uncanny ability to pick winners. His reputation catches the attention of Walter Abrams (Al Pacino), owner of the largest sports-betting agency in the world, who lures Brandon to work for him in New York. Soon Brandon gets caught up in a fast-moving, intense competition of making millions for his boss while living a life of luxury. Walter becomes a father figure with a dark side who manipulates everyone close to him except Toni (Rene Russo), his wife. Brandon begins to lose his touch, and with millions on the line, the games become deadly. The only questions are when and who will be destroyed. Two for the Money keeps viewers guessing with surprises and twists.
Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey give good performances in “Two for the Money.” This typical Hollywood film of today takes two large actors and places them into a world that would, under any other circumstance, be entirely boring. In the illegal world of sports betting, there exists an entirely legal service that provides sound betting advice for upcoming events. Basketball, baseball, and football fans will be pleased with the amount of sporting activity in this film. Unfortunately the story has some holes that make it seem a bit contrived, and the situations in it would leave younger children lost. We recommend it for ages twelve and above due to the mature and intricate story line.