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A brilliant M.I.T. student who is needing money to pay for college tuition joins a band of the schools most gifted students to beat the odds at blackjack in Vegas. With hitting Vegas every weekend they pick up an unorthodox math professor and a genius to lead the way, they've finally cracked the code. But can they get past the casinos' menacing enforcer?
Action Adventure - This is a gambling-themed drama aimed at a young adult audience, but
the film should hold some adult appeal due to the subject matter and
supporting players Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburne.
PROFANITY: 5 S-words; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Sensuality without nudity; sexy dancing. VIOLENCE: Beatings with blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Tobacco and frequent alcohol. ACTION: A big foot chase. COMEDY: Some wisecracks.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 158 moviegoers:
TEENS:GREAT REVIEWS from both males and females! Nearly everyone enjoyed "21" very much. Highly Recommended!
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Nearly everyone thought "21" was great. Both the males and females rated it very high. Highly Recommended!
ADULTS:Wonderful Reviews! Nearly all the females rated "21" very high. Only a small percentage rated it as low as "Good/Average." Easily Recommended. The males reviews are close to great. Unfortunately, there are quite a few "Good/Average" reviews. These tell me that about a quarter of you will enjoy "21," but you won't love it. Recommended.
Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess) is a shy, brilliant M.I.T. student who -- needing to pay school tuition -- finds the answers in the cards. He is recruited to join a group of the school's most gifted students that heads to Vegas every weekend armed with fake identities and the know-how to turn the odds at blackjack in their favor. With unorthodox math professor and stats genius Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey) leading the way, they've cracked the code. By counting cards and employing an intricate system of signals, the team can beat the casinos big time. Seduced by the money, the Vegas lifestyle, and by his smart and sexy teammate, Jill Taylor (Kate Bosworth), Ben begins to push the limits. Though counting cards isn't illegal, the stakes are high, and the challenge becomes not only keeping the numbers straight, but staying one step ahead of the casinos' menacing enforcer: Cole Williams (Laurence Fishburne).