Casino Jack

2010

Action / Biography / Comedy / Crime / Drama

78
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 38%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 34%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 15904

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Kevin Spacey as Jack Abramoff
Kelly Preston as Pam Abramoff
Rachelle Lefevre as Emily Miller
Barry Pepper as Michael Scanlon
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 5 / 10

committed performance by Kevin Spacey

Jack Abramoff (Kevin Spacey) is brought into the federal holdings. Two years earlier, Michael Scanlon (Barry Pepper) suggests using the Native American dollars and Jack squeezes their need to have a casino. The counsel led by Bernie Sprague (Graham Greene) rejects Jack's offer and he decides to interfere with the local Indian election. He gets a chance to invest in Sunsail Casinos with the help of low class mattress king Adam Kidan (Jon Lovitz). Jack is Jewish and a family man married to Pam (Kelly Preston) who has big dreams of building a private school. Washington Post reporter Susan Schmidt (Ruth Marshall) starts investigating.

Kevin Spacey does a big committed performance and Barry Pepper is pretty good. However, the style of the production is low grade and it relies too much on silliness. The material should be treated with more deadly seriousness. The tone is too light weight and the production is too weak.

Reviewed by blanche-2 7 / 10

true story and even as Washington goes, outrageous

"Casino Jack" is the story of a government scandal, something we've become quite used to in this country. It was George Hickenlooper's last film. I'm not sure if the distribution was limited, but this movie lost money big time, and it didn't cost that much to start. There is also a documentary on this same subject.

Kevin Spacey stars as Jack Abramoff, a lobbyist turned criminal, as if what he was doing wasn't criminal enough, though legal. The film also features Barry Pepper, Jon Lovitz, Rachel Lefevre, Kelly Preston, and Maury Chaykin.

Abramoff (Spacey), who was staying within legal bounds as a lobbyist, gets greedy and with his business partner Mike Scanlon (Pepper) starts taking exorbitant fees from various Indian tribes supposedly to help them with their casino businesses. Of course, these were rival casinos and besides the fact that he was taking more than the legal limit of money, it was conflict of interest to work for several tribes. Abramoff uses the money to open restaurants, a school for Jewish children, buy a fabulous home, all kinds of things.

The idea behind lobbying is that special interest groups - say, an Indian casino, pays a lobbyist who in turn pays congressmen to help smooth the way for the special interest via passage of laws, getting licensing, things of that sort. I don't know, I would call those bribes. Washington calls it lobbying. In one scene, Abramoff flies a bunch of politicos someplace and shows them a good time. We pay for that, by the way.

When a front man is needed, Abramoff turns to a mattress salesman (Lovitz) to help make a deal. Major, major trouble is the result. Abramoff ultimately is under investigation, his good friend, Senator Tom Delay, has to resign from the Senate, and the subpoenas start coming.

Kevin Spacey is excellent as the confident, charming, aggressive Abramoff, who thinks he has a lot of friends in high places. It's a big performance. Someone commented that they saw Abramoff interviewed and he seemed quite different from Spacey. Well, Abramoff was in prison at the time and I imagine by then he was quite different. Spacey met him and I have to assume picked up some characteristics from him. Barry Pepper is also top notch as the sleazy Mike Scanlon, whose massive infidelities cause a huge problem for both himself and Abramoff.

Jon Lovitz I think was miscast. How could anyone think this idiot could make a huge business deal? The character should have at least seemed like he could do a deal of that nature. The way Lovitz played it, no one would take him seriously - and that includes Abramoff.

This is a pretty sobering look at how our government is run, and frankly, it sucks. When Abramoff is supposed to testify before a committee, he fantasizes calling the committee a bunch of hypocrites. He was right. To hell with the public interest, where's my money.

Reviewed by vincentlynch-moonoi 7 / 10

Competent telling of the tale with the usual high performance by Spacy

It really wasn't until "The Usual Suspects" (1995) that I really noticed Kevin Spacey, and from then on I really looked at him as one of the very best actors in Hollywood. That doesn't mean I've always appreciated the movies he's selected to appear in, but -- like Jack Nicholson -- even in a bad film, Spacey is interesting to watch.

And so, when this film came on cable, I thought I'd watch a bit of it just to enjoy a Spacey performance, but I had no intention of watching the whole film. But, as usual, the joy of watching Spacey act pulled me in and I watched it all...and I'm glad I did. That's not to say this is a great film. It's not. But it's better than average...perhaps.

The first strength is in Spacey's performance. Flawless, as it almost always is. And what is Spacey's strength. In my view, much the same as the strength in Spencer Tracy's mature performances -- understatement.

Barry Pepper is also excellent as a fellow conspirator of Abramoff's. Jon Lovitz...well, I can't quite decide how I feel about his performance as a sleaze ball, but at the very least he was interesting. No one else in the film stands out in my mind, but everyone does their job.

To enjoy this film, you have to either like Spacy or enjoy politics...or both. Recommended, though I doubt this will end up on your DVD shelf.

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