It's too bad that the characters that the plot is mainly based around just aren't that compelling... Travolta was just going through the motions, and I'm just not an Uma Thurman fan, especially in this movie. The plot itself just isn't that impressive... Christina Milian shows some talent, but she wasn't exactly compelling, and Harvey Keitel doesn't really work in this role. The best part of this movie is the chemistry that the Rock and Vince Vaughn had... the latter being extremely overbearing, but it works. Rock's character is legitamately funny and likeable, and I would say he's the star of the movie... but it's close with Vaughn. The gang scenes are pretty enjoyable as well, especially Andre and the tea.
Overall, I wouldn't say it was that great of a movie, but there are a few strong enough individual performances to give it a shot.
Eh-it was funny, but absolutely nothing like the book, which probably killed some of the enjoyment for me. The Rock stole every single scene he was in, but the rest of the characters were just kinda there. When I read the book, I thought P. Diddy would have been a good fit for Cedric's role, seeing as the character was a mix of Diddy and Suge Knight.
And damn if they didn't run the, "hey, I'm entering a dark room. Oh wait, there's some uninvited guest sitting in a chair!" gimmick into the ground. By the eighth time it happened, I was wondering if it was some sort of intentional inside joke amongst the writers, or something.
And is it written into Travolta's contracts that he has to do a dance scene in every movie he does?
"It's the four pillars of the male heterosexual psyche. We like naked women, stockings, lesbians, and Sean Connery best as James Bond because that is what being a [man] is." -Jack Davenport, Coupling
Before I go into the review, I'll let you know a bit of why I was intrigued by the premise. I worked as a PA for a pro poker player for 6 months and had the benefit of attending a private day of instruction ($15k)