The Gambler – Jessica Lange really good, the rest OK movie


Film and television reviews by our resident autistic film critic Maymay.

Jim Bennett is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank, a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…

This movie was okay. Jessica Lange was really good playing Jim Bennet’s mother. She was my favorite in this movie. I also liked Amy, Frank, Dexter, and Lamar. Jim gambles himself into debt where he has to pay back everyone he owes within a certain amount of days. Who puts themselves into this kind of problem? I think gambling is serious and you should get help if you have a gambling problem. Shouldn’t a professor be fired for having a relationship with a student? I didn’t think that was okay at all. A teacher should never have a relationship with a student. This movie made me feel bad for Jim. He has a gambling problem and it causes so many problems in his life and hurts his mother. I did think Frank was funny and cared about Jim even though he said he’d kill Jim if he didn’t pay him back on time.