Theatrical Release: March 28, 2008


A shy M.I.T. student needs to find a way to pay for school and does so by playing cards. He joins a group of students as they make their way towards vegas for a big pay day. They make their riches by working the gambling tricks of the trade. All they have to do is stay one step ahead of the casino enforcer.

Dove Review

Gambling can be addictive and become a serious problem for some people. The characters in this film think they have it figured out because they are not “gambling”, they are “counting cards and playing a system with definite rules”. But the glitz, glamor and high of winning gets to even the most pragmatic character who was just in it to win his tuition. We watch as this intelligent student’s ego grows and he does some not-so-smart things leading to his complete undoing. This film deals with some seriously negative issues like gambling, cheating, lying and drinking, but in the end the characters seem to come around and learn their lesson.

Although well made and visually appealing, this film was predictable and slow moving. Because of the negative content noted below, we cannot recommend it for family viewing.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Quite a bit of sexual innuendo and discussion throughout; people kissing in a bar; man and woman kissing; a brief scene where unmarried couple have sex fully nude but strategically covered.
Language: GD-1; H-14; A-3; D-4; S-6; SOB-1; G/OMG-4; "Retard"-1; "S*ck"-1
Violence: Man punched in face repeatedly (this scene is shown several times during the movie), very bloody; fight on casino floor, gun is pulled but shot in the air.
Drugs: Characters are constantly drinking in bars and hotel rooms; incidental smoking as well as smoking by one main character.
Nudity: Rear of nude sculpture shown on a Dean's desk; man wakes in bed shown in underwear and t-shirt; cleavage; women in bikinis by pool; strippers performing in club wearing bikini type outfits with thong bottoms; couple shown having sex nude but strategically covered, man's bare back and partial female breast shown.
Other: Gambling both in legal and illegal venues; character lies to mother, but comes clean in the end; one character "steals" items from hotels and bars.


Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Writer: Peter Steinfeld and Allan Loeb and Ben Mezrich
Director: Robert Luketic
Producer: Dana Brunetti
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 123 min.
Reviewer: Julie Kemme