Mississippi Grind

Film, Drama
Recommended
4 out of 5 stars
Mississippi Grind

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

An old-fashioned road movie that goes nowhere and has a great time getting there

A sweet, supremely enjoyable road movie from the makers of ‘Half Nelson’, ‘Mississippi Grind’ could be confused for one of ‘Sideways’ director Alexander Payne’s wounded comedies, albeit one with higher stakes and a more shambolic air. Ben Mendelsohn is Gerry, a divorced 44-year-old gambling junkie looking for a magic ticket out of his addiction. One night at the Iowa casino where he fritters away his cash, he meets an amiable young stranger named Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), and convinces his carefree new friend to bankroll him on a poker trip down the Mississippi.

Each man is gambling with loneliness, Curtis afraid to put his chips on the table and settle down with his prostitute girlfriend (Sienna Miller) and Gerry afraid to break the inertia of his addiction and be forced to reckon with the choices he’s made. Both men are defined by their mutual desire to go nowhere, but they take a palpable pleasure in each other’s company, and you can feel how threatening it is for them when urgency creeps in and a plot begins to take shape.

Details

Release details

Rated:
15
Release date:
Friday October 23 2015
Duration:
108 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden
Screenwriter:
Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden
Cast:
Ryan Reynolds
Ben Mendelsohn
Sienna Miller