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Casino Jack

 

Canada 2010, 108 minutes
Dir. George Hickenlooper
Genres: Drama, Comedy

Topics: Politics.

 

Aroview: A cracking script that favours comedy through absurdity over a heavyweight statement on American politics energises this dramatization of the scandal that swirled around Washington, D.C. lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Detailed extensively in Alex Gibney's documentary of the same name, the film delivers its own condemnation of the lobbying system and the manner in which politicians are paid for at a smart pace and with excellent comic timing. Kevin Spacey lends his usual smug insolence to the titular role, though there's a lightness to the performances elsewhere that makes this an entertaining, and still enlightening, watch without the unnecessary finger pointing.

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