Two for the Money was directed by D. Caruso and written by Dan Gilroy. The two stars of this film are Al Pacino who plays Walter Abrams, a seasoned sports betting tout and Matthew McConaughey who plays Brandon Lang, an ex-football star who is now a sports handicapper expert.
After sustaining his football career-ending knee injury, Lang toils as a telemarketer after his dreams of becoming a professional football star are ripped away. He is then poached by Abrams to help him in his touting business whereby they advise big spenders on where to place their handicapped sporting bets for the best results. As the relationship between Lang and Abrams develops we see their almost paternal relationship grows as Lang changes his personality.
The odds become increasingly stacked against Langs as the story unravels and truths come to light. Watch as these sharps ride the ebbs and flows of the sports betting industry for a better understanding of how deep this sports bet tipping business goes.
Brandon Lang is a real person who was inducted into the world of sports gambling broking. Lang rides this handicapping hot streak onto Abrams' TV show—he has a sports gambling TV show, like the kind you see all over the airwaves—where he usurps the throne of one Jeremy Piven as the Bro-iest Bro of Them All. As happens in every gambling story, from Dostoevsky's The Gambler to Wahlberg's The Gambler , McConaughey's character starts to get too big for his britches.
Lang guarantees to go perfect one Sunday, which unfortunately he does, raising expectations and lowering his standards. There is a moment where you think the plot will delve into Runner Runner territory—or, anyway, you would think this if you remember that Runner Runner is also a movie that exists—but Brandon doesn't even answer his estranged father's call, and the daddy issues are never directly addressed again.
What is addressed, however, is the increasingly tense relationship between Lang, Abrams, and Toni. Abrams is all kinds of screwed up, and not only because he orders an elephant for his daughter's birthday party. Abrams is surprise a recovering gambling addict who uses step programs to both keep himself on the wagon and get others off of it.
He also suffers from Unspecified Heart Ailment, which is constantly used as a red herring that never pays off, to the point where Pacino fakes a cardiac episode in the middle of LaGuardia Airport. Part of me hopes against hope this was unscripted, and Al was really fucking with McConaughey in an extremely Method way, but I doubt it.
I wouldn't put it past baroque late-stage Pacino, but nothing in Two For The Money is that spontaneous. The inevitable comeuppance happens quickly and then takes its precious time to leave. Lang becomes lazy with his picks and starts losing, a lot. A dry cleaner goes bankrupt thanks to Lang, and what is much, much worse but not really, a high roller named Mr.
Novian loses a few bucks and gets so mad that he flies to Brooklyn to confront him; the resulting scene features Armand Assante peeing on Matthew McConaughey, but not in a fun consenting adults way. Lang is told by Toni that Abrams is gambling again, but as we all learned from an earlier Pacino movie, Nothing. The playoffs come, and Lang continues to lose. Don't not not not not not not sleep with my wife" trick. Abrams doesn't go to Vegas, Toni doesn't sleep with Lang, but everyone is still fucked.
New York beats Kansas City, Abrams and Toni fight and make up, and Brandon Lang, finally free of the John Anthony inside of him, pursues the far less controversial life path of, um, teaching children how to play tackle football. Matthew McConaughey literally coaches the Little Giants at the end of Two For The Money , setting up for the dark, gritty reboot of the children's classic.
Sometimes, you gotta go back, in order to move forward. Two For The Money hits a lot of my sweet spots, and panders to my pleasure centers especially egregiously with the use of USFL stock footage as a match for the pro and college action. There indeed is a Brandon Lang , and he really is one of the more notable touts in Las Vegas.
The real Lang's football dreams were cut short in high school, and after a stint in the Navy and traveling around the world, he wound up in Las Vegas, where he would eventually be part of a sports betting service in the late 's and early 90's. He got out, became a golf caddy to the stars, and eventually told his story to screenwriter Dan Gilroy, who turned it into Two For The Money.
Needless to say, Lang got back into the tout business, with his setup looking a lot like the one Walter Abrams has in the movie. This is all just a long way of saying thank God the life of sports betting expert and Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate Wayne Allyn Root was never turned into a movie. The performances in Two For The Money add at least a full star to what is otherwise have been a listless movie full of unappealing people.
Al Pacino knows this material works best as comedy and treats it as such, while McConaughey walks the fine line between laid back and lazy, oscillating between Weirdly Mystical Future Luxury Car Spokesperson and mere mellow yuppie. Rene Russo is great as Toni, the glue barely holding the toothpick bridge that is Walter Abrams together. There's the sense that this role was written specifically for Russo, which might even be true given that she is married to Gilroy.
Jeremy Piven, whose hairline bet with the spread and won , plays the guy McConaughey will easily pass by on the bookmaking ladder.
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Marjorie Baumgarten. James Berardinelli. Richard Roeper. Critics are likely to interpret Pacino's work as intentional self-parody, because he's smart enough to know that he's played this kind of unhinged father figure too many times. Dan Fienberg. Two for the Money runs hot and cold. While I did appreciate some elements of the film, it couldn't overcome a dreadful final act that sinks an otherwise amiable film. Micheal Compton. Even at his worst Al Pacino can charm the birds from the trees, but in "Two For The Money" pigeons are the only species visiting.
Cole Smithey. While there are parts of Two for the Money worth watching, it's ultimately not one worth putting your money on. Russ Breimeier. Jonathan Kiefer. The initial set-up is interesting enough but the film rapidly loses its way in the middle and ends up a horribly confused mess, with sub-plots and entire characters simply disappearing into thin air.
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How did you buy your ticket? View All Photos Movie Info. A former college athlete Matthew McConaughey joins forces with a sports consultant Al Pacino to handicap football games for high-rolling gamblers. Jay Cohen , James G. Jun 2, Morgan Creek Productions, Cosmic Entertainment. Al Pacino Walter Abrams. Matthew McConaughey Brandon Lang. Rene Russo Toni Morrow. Lang's total image is remade with a new car, new wardrobe, and a new look, with the assistance of Walter's wife, Toni, a hair stylist.
Things suddenly go south, however, when Lang begins playing his hunches instead of doing his homework. He loses his touch and is even physically assaulted by the thugs of a gambler who lost a great deal of money following Lang's advice.
Abrams and Lang's once-solid relationship sours. Lang's new high-rolling lifestyle depends entirely on his ability to predict the outcomes of the games. Millions are at stake by the time he places his last bet, and Abrams, a recovering gambling addict and alcoholic, grows increasingly unstable. He secretly begins gambling all of his own money on Lang's picks and becomes suspicious that Lang is having an affair with his wife.
The film concludes with Lang's predictions coming true for the last game, both of which he allegedly determines by flipping coins in a bathroom, as he leaves New York and takes a job as coach of a junior league football team. Two for the Money received generally negative reviews from critics. Its consensus states that "Despite its sportsmanlike swagger, Two for the Money ' s aimless plot isn't worth betting on.
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