Box Office: $33.4M
PRINCIPAL CASTMark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Michael Kenneth Williams, Emory Cohen, Omar Leyva, Griffin Cleveland, George Kennedy, Alvin Ing, Andre Braugher, Amin Joseph, Da'Vone McDonald, Domenick Lombardozzi, Raquel Pomplun, Richard Schiff, Leland Orser, Chanon Finley
WRITERJames Toback, William Monahan
Jim Bennett (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award®-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett's future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance.
language throughout, and for some sexuality/nudity