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Mississippi Grind

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Excellent, edgy character study about gambling, friendship.

Movie R 2015 108 minutes
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This could have been an ordinary road trip/gambling movie, but instead it deals with human frailties, behavior, and desires; it offers layered characters, operating in a vivid world. The co-writer/co-director team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson, Sugar, It's Kind of a Funny Story) are great humanists who seem to care less about narrative flow than they do about organic characters. As a result, the characters they create are rich creations, with intriguing surfaces and complex inner workings.

Reynolds and Mendelsohn rise to their best ability here -- especially the latter, a great character actor who lands a rare leading role here (he usually plays lowlifes and bad guys). Tiny roles are filled out by strong presences like Alfre Woodard and James Toback, and Sienna Miller and Analeigh Tipton are excellent as a couple of hostesses. The filmmakers also take time to immerse the characters in a vivid atmosphere (Memphis, New Orleans, etc.), all in all making for a very satisfying ride.

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