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Jim Bennett is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Franka loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett's future. As his relationship with a student deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance...
Crime Drama Thriller - This gritty gambling drama is a big acting showcase for Mark
Wahlberg, with all other actors being distinctly secondary, including
prominently billed John Goodman, who only shows up in two scenes.
Constant language and some violent and sexual content, plus general
adult themes, make this film not for kids.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words; 17 S-words; 2 GD's; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex-related nudity. VIOLENCE: Beatings with blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Comic lines, often darkly so.