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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.
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.
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.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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.
Welcome to Lake Tahoe, Nevada, where everyone is zeroing in on Buddy "Aces”
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
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.