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Molly's Game (2017)

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The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.

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Aaron Sorkin

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (written for the screen by), Molly Bloom (based on the book by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 48 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Chastain ... Molly Bloom
Idris Elba ... Charlie Jaffey
Kevin Costner ... Larry Bloom
Michael Cera ... Player X
Jeremy Strong ... Dean Keith
Chris O'Dowd ... Douglas Downey
J.C. MacKenzie ... Harrison Wellstone
Brian d'Arcy James ... Brad
Bill Camp ... Harlan Eustice
Graham Greene ... Judge Foxman
Justin Kirk ... Jay
Angela Gots ... B
Natalie Krill ... Winston
Stephanie Herfield ... Jesse
Madison McKinley ... Shelby
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Storyline

Molly Bloom, a beautiful young Olympic-class skier, ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans, and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe. Written by STX Entertainment

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Deal with her.

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$28,780,744, 8 March 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes one Oscar winner, Kevin Costner, and two Oscar nominees, Graham Greene and Jessica Chastain. The screenwriter and director, Aaron Sorkin, is also an Oscar winner for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay for The Social Network (2010). See more »

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Molly's lawyer reads a published copy of the book Molly's Game to research her defense. In real life, the book was published after the trial was over. See more »

Quotes

Harrison Wellstone: In Mike Davidoff's phone, intercepts alone, just Davidoff, your name comes up 19 times! "We need Molly..." "Get Molly..." "Bring Molly." It strongly suggests you were important to his business, so it's hard for me to believe that someone with your savvy and obvious intellect...
Molly Bloom: [interrupting him] They're talking about the drug. "Get molly" "Bring molly" "We need molly" It's... they're talking about the drug 'ecstasy'.
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With My Eyes Closed
Written by Sune Wagner
Performed by The Raveonettes
Published by Juvenile Delinquent Music
Administered by Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
Courtesy of The Raveonettes Ltd.
By arrangement with The Orchard
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Sorkin and Chastain Flourish in this Fun, Fast-paced Ride
3 February 2018 | by Jared_AndrewsSee all my reviews

As is the case with all Aaron Sorkin movies, Molly's Game (based on a true story) pummels you with sharp, rapid-fire verbal jabs. Sorkin confidently dances circles around you, dizzying you with repartee, occasionally dropping your jaw with powerful verbal combinations. His scripts come at you aggressively. He hopes to leave you dazzled by the speed and impact of the dialogue, and he succeeds.

As a first-time director, he delivers the same speed and ferocity with the creative camera work and cuts in the opening scene of Molly's Game. The sequence is a whirlwind of clever explanations through narration and visuals. Immediately it becomes clear-this guy knows what he's doing behind the camera.

The remainder of the first hour zooms along in a similarly spectacular fashion. Jessica Chastain shines as Molly Bloom, the poker princess. She exhibits the class, composure, and tenacity required of someone who ran the most elegant poker games in the country for billionaires, athletes, and actors. And, most importantly, she smoothly rattles off all the light-speed Sorkin dialogue in a natural-sounding cadence. The movie doesn't work without the perfect actress playing Molly. Chastain is perfect.

While Chastain delivers her powerhouse performance with swagger, Idris Elba (playing her fictitious lawyer), falls a bit flat. I don't blame Elba, who has consistently proven to be a more than capable performer. His part feels underwritten. As skilled as Sorkin as with dialogue, he does not always create the most compelling or complete supporting characters in his stories.

Elba does deliver one devastating speech with great earnestness. It's a touch preachy, but he says what had needed to be said the entire movie. I was grateful.

The poker scenes bring a lot of fun to the table (sorry, it was right there). Each character represents a real-life celebrity or rich guy or at least an amalgam of a few real-life players. I had great fun guessing which character was which celebrity as I watched. Then I looked up the names later (obviously). That part was fun too.

At some point about halfway through, the movie hits a lull. It drags. It's never boring, but it doesn't hit with quite the same fury. Not every scene feels necessary, so the length becomes noticeably extensive. The movie definitely needs a trim.

After regaining its footing, the movie seems to be on the way to a satisfying conclusion. Then a bizarre ice-skating scene leads into an unwatchably awful three-minute therapy session. I nearly covered eyes and plugged my ears. Tough to forgive that one.

Despite the one horrendous moment, the movie offers far more good than bad. It's fun. It's smart. It's a commendable directorial debut from a long-time writing superstar, Aaron Sorkin, and it's one of Jessica Chastain's finest performances to date.


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