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Molly's Game

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Talky, mature drama with powerful, imperfect female lead.

Movie R 2017 140 minutes
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In the directorial debut from mile-a-minute screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, he opts to get out of his own way and stick to the script; the result isn't perfect, but it's energetic and entertaining. Chastain is a strong reason for the movie's effectiveness, playing a powerful woman who's unafraid to stand up to the men around her. She attacks Sorkin's dialogue with a frenzy and owns it. Molly's Game jumps around in time, with lots of narration and flashbacks, even continuing from where the nonfiction book by the real Molly Bloom left off. It goes on at a great rate for 140 whole minutes and never seems to flag.

But along the way, it's possible to question whether Molly deserves this kind of movie. After all, she did do the things she's accused of doing, even if she claims she didn't know the Russians had become involved. Why should we care? Even her lawyer is reluctant to take her case, and he has every reason in the world to feel that way. But, ultimately, this is a movie about poker, and Sorkin deals out scenes like a pro, zippily flinging cards and holding the important ones until he really needs them. His winning hand is the realization that this has been a father-daughter story all along, and that's the thing that matters.

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