David Rooney, The Hollywood ReporterThat subdued air of melancholy, along with a gentle strain of humor, runs through the film much like the river that shapes the two men’s journey as they head from Iowa, via multiple gambling stops, to a $25,000-stake high-roller poker game in New Orleans. From 2/3 to the end, the movie gets really confusing. This meant six weeks in smoky gambling establishments and on the road with Mendelsohn in a similar hatchback — which allowed a camera operator in the back to shoot road scenes for the low-budget feature. I saw eight films at my first Sundance Festival: THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, BROOKLYN, IT FOLLOWS, SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE, THE BRONZE, MISSISSIPPI GRIND, RESULTS, and KNOCK KNOCK. Read more. All rights reserved. Mississippi Grind (2015) - A film that explores the friendship of two compulsive gamblers as they search for poker games on a road trip. Sundance 2015: ‘Mississippi Grind’ and Your Big-Buzz Breakout Hits Road movie introduces new greatest-of-his-generation actor, and crowd-pleasers ‘Dope’ and ‘Earl’ strike it big The film was released by A24 on September 25, 2015. MISSISSIPPI GRIND: Great performances carry uneven film. If you'd like to listen to my current movie podcast you can find it at MovieBS.com. MISSISSIPPI GRIND (2015, Boden & Fleck, ***) CALIFORNIA SPLIT remake carried by ace performances through more endings than LORD OF THE RINGS — … Comedy drama. Despite his alienation to them, it’s evident that they are the most important thing in his world. Mississippi Grind. It's uplifting and depressing, just like gambling. — Mike D’Angelo (@gemko) January 26, 2015. Even though I don't fully subscribe to your theory, and I know you were just spitballing, your thoughts helped me enjoy the movie more. Mississippi Grind might not be the greatest movie you will ever watch and the story won’t blow you away, but it is captivating though, thanks to some strong performances by its leads. Curtis is definitely a good time and a breath of fresh air for Gerry. The movie opens Friday in New York and expands Oct. 2 to cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, San Francisco and Atlanta. But for Curtis is seemed more of the same. I always liked Reynolds, but recently he has been doing great movies. We are living in the Age of Ben Mendelsohn. Maybe Curtis is Gerry before Gerry got married. (There's a bit of a fuzzy line.) Although Gerry is undoubtedly the more interesting of the duo, you never really get bored or tired of Curtis having the spotlight shined on him either. This movie's really underrated by audiences imo. And why he wanted to get beat up in the basketball court? I've watched it multiple times and I think Mendelsohn's character is one of the realest I've seen onscreen so far, he's so so fantastic. Especially considering it's obvious they typically lie the majority of their lives. Mississippi Grind is a 2015 American drama film directed and written by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Ryan Reynolds finds the setting of 'Mississippi Grind' to be 'the greatest show on Earth.' ... Mark Kermode reviews Mississippi Grind - Duration: 3:09. kermodeandmayo 15,660 views. Some comments below looking for the 6th sense outcome out of nowhere I don't understand. Follow me on Twitter or friend me on Facebook, Filed Under: Movies, Reviews, Robert Kojder Tagged With: Anna Boden, Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind, Ryan Fleck, Ryan Reynolds, Sienna Miller. If you're thinking about giving this a shot (which you should), maybe try going in with adjusted expectations - this isn't supposed to be an exciting, dramatic gambling movie, it's a meandering and melancholic addiction character study.