by Ricardo Lopez

This 2012 straight-to-DVD movie might catch your attention with its amazing cast and interesting title, but it unfortunately did not live up to the expectations. Keep on reading for more info to see whether this is the right movie to watch when bored.

What is this movie about?

If you’re in the mood for an action film that you don’t have to focus on too much, this is a great choice. Christian Slater’s character John Smith was just dumped by his girlfriend so he decides to go to a Native American casino and try his hand at gambling. While there, he gets his wallet stolen, he enters an Elvis impersonator contest which he loses and ends up playing cards with the other Elvis impersonators. He loses, of course, passes out and is later accused of stealing a priceless Native American mask.

Watching this movie today, one can’t help thinking that the main character could have avoided all his troubles by simply staying in the comfort of his home, playing real money slots online, but then again, that version doesn’t quite lend itself to the cinematic format. Plus, for a movie that has gambling in the title, there actually isn’t enough of it on screen!

Anyways, back to the story. Smith tries to prove his innocence by tracking down the other Elvises as he knows that one of them definitely has the mask. In addition to Little Person Elvis, Gay Elvis and Asian Elvis, we meet a bunch of other characters along the way – The Sheriffs, The Rancher, The Cowboy and you can imagine the rest. There are a lot of guns (if that part of the title interests you), seeing as how everyone is after Smith because they think he has the mask. As for the girls, there are three in the entire film – Cindy aka The Girl Next Door, The Blonde aka Anabelle and Vivian (the woman in the bar). Hey, at least they have names, which can’t be said for some of the other characters!

There are some twists in there so we’re not going to spoil them. Who knows, maybe you’ll actually enjoy them. Furthermore, you might like the performances of the actors as the movie does have some big names attached to the project.

Why is it considered a fail?

Even though it managed to gather an impressive group of actors including Christian Slater, a Golden Globe winner, and Academy Award recipient Gary Oldman, this movie still couldn’t find its way to the cinemas. Seeing as how it was released only on DVD, don’t beat yourself up for not hearing about it sooner as it simply did not have a chance to reach a wider audience.

While it is conceived as a Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez or Guy Ritchie type of movie, it unfortunately never reaches that level of filmmaking. Pulp Fiction and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels are classics that simply cannot be recreated – this movie tried to compete, but it ended up as a derivative knock-off that is easily forgotten in the sea of films of this ilk.

Instead of giving us something new and creative, this movie seems rather repetitive. For instance, most of the jokes are reused and often rely on stereotypes and clichés. The dialogue tries to be witty but ends up quite banal and stating the obvious. Some things don’t even make sense, like when the assassin tells someone to deliver a message and then shoots them. Huh? Who’s going to get the message? Unless the message was for the messenger?

Also, the jokes are not the only thing that is repeated often. Regardless of where you start watching the movie, you will understand the plot because the characters constantly talk about what happened previously and recap the entire movie to each other. So, basically, just by watching the last ten minutes of the movie, you’ll get everything you need to know.

There you go. If you’re looking for an odd movie you can laugh at, you should most certainly consider the alliteration winner that is Guns, Girls and Gambling. While this low-budget flick will not be satisfactory if you’re a serious crime cinema fan (or a Gary Oldman fan), you can still give it a go and be slightly annoyed at the fact that someone paid for this movie to be made. Who knows, maybe, in a few years, it will find its audience, much like the many classic bad movies that came before it.


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