Monday, July 24, 2006
One Last Ride: Grade C
One Last Ride
Patrick Cupo, Chazz Palminteri, Charles Durning
Cupo plays a compulsive horse race gambler. The movie shows his self-delusion, predictable humiliations coverd by bravado bluster, spiraling loss of friends, family, job, marriage, and of course, money. Written by somebody who obviously knows compulsive gambling, it is completely convincing. However, this story has been told many times, and there is nothing new here. Chazz Palminteri plays a marvelous, patch-eyed, evil loan shark. The acting is competent throughout, but the dialog is repetitive and clichéd (no problem, I got it covered), and the characters are stereotypes. It plays more like a bland television drama than a theatrical movie.