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Win It All

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Fresh dramedy about gambler has mature themes, cursing.

Movie NR 2017 88 minutes
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Solid acting and a fresh take on a compulsive gambler's life combine with charm supplied by indie director Joe Swanson to make this smart film a well-balanced mix of suspense, heart, and humor. It's hard not to root for the incorrigible Eddie, even though his humongous, inevitable mistakes are telegraphed early, from miles down the track. Jake Johnson (who cowrote the script) makes the most of this original, multifaceted character. He's surrounded by a talented ensemble of improv performers: Key of Key and Peele, Lo Triglio of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Derbez, a celebrated Mexican actress. Even better news, though we're in Eddie's corner from the start, the outcome is in question until the final scenes. And, the multiple poker games are just detailed enough so that they never become repetitious or tiresome. Thoughtful, naturalistic, with both funny and touching moments, Win It All is worth seeing for older teens and their parents.

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