We’re huge fans of Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn here at The Reel Word, so you can count us in line whenever there’s a new project with him attached. When it’s Mendelsohn starring alongside Ryan Reynolds? Well, now that’s just being spoiled.
Mississippi Grind sees Mendelsohn play a heavy gambler who owes everybody. His luck looks to change when Curtis (Reynolds), quite the charismatic and talented poker player, comes into his life. The two head off on a road trip to a high stakes poker game in New Orleans; gambling along the way, of course.
Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the filmmakers behind Half Nelson, Sugar, and It’s Kind of a Funny Story, may very well have a fantastic picture on their hands here. Mendelsohn and Reynolds look to be on their A-game, driving emotion and convincing of their troubled bromance in a character-driven drama. We’re in.
Mississippi Grind, also starring Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton, and Robin Weigert, hits the U.S. on September 25.
Official synopsis for Mississippi Grind:
In this lively, freewheeling road movie, Emmy Award nominee Ben Mendelsohn plays Gerry, a talented but down-on-his-luck gambler whose fortunes begins to change when he meets Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), a younger, highly charismatic poker player. The two strike up an immediate friendship and Gerry quickly persuades his new friend to accompany him on a road trip to a legendary high stakes poker game in New Orleans. As they make their way down the Mississippi River, Gerry and Curtis manage to find themselves in just about every bar, racetrack, casino, and pool hall they can find, experiencing both incredible highs and dispiriting lows, but ultimately forging a deep and genuine bond that will stay with them long after their adventure is over.
Reminiscent of classic 1970s American Cinema, Mississippi Grind is an unforgettable journey featuring two characters who—flawed as they may be—are always worth rooting for. It’s a film about friendship, addiction, regret, family, and the paths we sometimes unexpectedly find ourselves on—told with empathy, humor, and a remarkable light touch by acclaimed filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson, It’s Kind of A Funny Story).