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SMOKIN' ACES

 
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At Theaters: 1/26/2007 On Video: 4/17/2007
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 49 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 479972
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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In these interlocking tales of high stakes and low lifes, Mob boss Primo Sparazza has taken out a hefty contract on Buddy "Aces" Israel --a sleazy magician who has agreed to turn state's evidence against the Vegas mob. The FBI, sensing a chance to use this small-time con to bring down big-target Sparazza, places Aces into protective custody-under the supervision of two agents dispatched to Aces' Lake Tahoe hideout.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Action Comedy (Dark) - This is a violent crime thriller with a lots of dark comedic elements. The film gets quite violent and bloody and therefore not one for the squeamish. The film is definitely targeted toward a young adult male demographic.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Ben Affleck HOLLYWOODLAND, SURVIVING CHRISTMAS, JERSEY GIRL
Andy Garcia OCEANS 12, TWISTED, CONFIDENCE, OCEAN'S ELEVEN
Alicia Keys Acting Debut
Ray Liotta THE LAST SHOT, IDENTITY, NARC, JOHN Q, BLOW
Wri/Dir: Joe Carnahan NARC
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About The Production
Becoming Experience Killers
Production Design And Shooting
Location And Design
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words, over 30 S-words, 7 GD's, many others.
SEX/NUDITY: Nonsexual nudity; sex humor.
VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings and killings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Drugs, alcohol, tobacco.
ACTION: Shootouts and fights.
COMEDY: Dark humor; sex humor.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Average Smokin' Aces has moments when it smolders, but it never catches fire.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Very Good This nonstop, brutal thriller, with a nice twist at the end, is a winner all the way.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 154 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
44
Fairly High
89%
13-19Teens (F)
15
High
67%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
43
Fairly High
91%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
15
High
73%
30+Adults (M)
24
Fairly Low
71%
30+Adults (F)
13
Fairly Low
69%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 154 moviegoers:VERY MIXED OPINIONS!
TEENS & TWENTYSOMETHINGS:You'll either really like "Smokin' Aces" or you won't care much for it. There aren't many opinions in the OK/average range. That makes "Smokin'Aces" a bit of a gamble unless you're sure this is the type of movie you enjoy. Fortunately, only a small percentage gave very low opinions so chances are pretty good that you will enjoy it, at least to some degree.
ADULTS:These opinions aren't very good. Only about a third truly enjoyed it. Another third rated it average to below average. The final third actually hated it. This only gives you a one in three chance of truly enjoying it. Those aren't very good odds if you're planning to see it at theaters. It's certainly worth a cheap rental to see if you're one of the lucky ones that enjoys it.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Welcome to Lake Tahoe, Nevada, where everyone is zeroing in on Buddy "Aces" Israel.

Sleaze personified, illusionist Aces (Jeremy Piven) grew up in a world full of card sharks, gamblers, killers and thugs. By 21, he was keeping company with major criminal muscle—headlining sold-out shows at MGM's main room. After becoming the unofficial mascot for the Vegas mob, Aces started believing his own press and buying into the hype. He decides to showcase his showbiz power and parlay it into a life of crime. He wants to be his own mob boss…the movies make it look so easy. What Aces winds up doing is running afoul of the very organization that had taken him in, and his one-time benefactor, mob power broker Primo Sparazza, becomes his mortal enemy.

Rumor of a $1,000,000 hit fee, fronted by Sparazza, hits the streets and spreads far and wide, attracting an assortment of degenerate psychopaths and assassins—all gunning for the bounty on his head. Apparently, Aces has agreed to turn state's evidence against his criminal cronies in Vegas…in order to save himself from life in prison. The FBI, sensing a chance to use this small-time con to bring down big-time target Sparazza, places Aces into protective custody, under the supervision of two agents dispatched to Aces' hideout.

With all eyes on Lake Tahoe, a rogues' gallery of killers collides in a mad race to the Nomad Casino penthouse suite, where they hope to hit the jackpot and rub out Aces.

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