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One solid performance by Tom Guiry (who I remember most from Black Irish movie) and a slew of normal performances by everyone else lead up this film about cheats and hustlers making a buck. Chazz as the father, takes over the care of his challenged son that he has essentially ignored for years. Through their trials and difficulties, we see them become closer, all whilst cheating everyone they come across. The filmmakers stressed the importance of the viewer liking the leads, but they were all cheats so it didn't work as well with me.
The special features make this three star film a four though.
15 minute making of documentary; extremely dry and slightly informative.
8 minute documentary on the technical consulting by "Fast Jack"; more touching than the movie, as the old guy gets choked up talking about his past - if you skip the rest, even the movie at least give this a watch.
5:30 minute clip on the look of the film, sets, lighting, etc.
7:30 minute clip on the premier footage and more interviews
But the best: a 6:30 minute look into the moves used in the film...wow. They review the slights of hand and tricks used in dealing cards and playing poker. I watched it in slow motion a few times just to try and figure out how in the heck they were pulling some of those things off. Was fun to sift through.
This was the director's first real film, and he did a decent job. The film quality was average to poor at times, the sound was selectable between 5.1 or 2.0, and the music drowns up too heavily in a few scenes, but seeing all of the background props, tricks and gambling makes for an adequate gaming watch.
There's basically two storylines going back and forth throughout the movie. One of them is about, as I mention above, a dishonest man finding his way inside gambling environments where he can sneakily trick even the most professional of gamblers and pull the biggest money-making scams around town. This guy is really good, because on the rare occasions it's discovered that he'd been cheating, he's always able to hide the dice in time and make a clean escape.
The other storyline is drastically different and involves his mentally challenged teenage son and his numerous problems, such as trying to keep his sons anger problems in check, teaching him to respectfully communicate with women, and on one particular occasion, involve his own son in the ultimate gambling scheme.
In fact, the two stories eventually come together near the end and the son gets involved in helping his father win lots of money at a gambling center. Will it be a success? Will his cheating father get away with it? You'll have to watch it to find out.
Overall, Yonkers Joe is a pretty good movie. You have drama with the teenage boy and a little bit of suspense whenever the gambling segments happen. The movie is able to pull off both without any problems whatsoever. Enjoyable.
That Joe's son has a handicap is relevant only to the side story of emotional family ties. This movie also shows what used to be possible in casinos, but isn't now. The real Fast Jack appears in a special features to tell us how he made his living in the old days.
Well acted, and insightful in several ways.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm not a gambler and even hate casinos but I'm a big Palminteri fan and this looked like a good movie and it is beyond good. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bela
Really enjoyed it. Chazz Palminteri was great as usual. Good movie. And Tom Guiry, "smalls" from the Sandlot was really great as well. Surprisingly good, actually. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Liz
I loved this. I GREW UP in Yonkers.. You'll see the Water Tower, St. Casimirs Church and the Yonkers raceway.
but you may have to look sharp to see St. Casimirs. Read more
As an experienced craps player it was unbelievable to me that this scheme could have been pulled off. And the acting was flat.Published 20 months ago by Andrew M. Caggia
If you like gambling & live or have lived in Yonkers. N.Y., this is your movie to watch.
Chazz Palminteri is a great actor & it is always intense to watch him. Read more
Since I'm a fan of "The Bronx Tale" I decided to watch this movie with Chass Paliminteri as he is one of the main characters in Bronx Tale. I really did enjoy the movie. Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by B. Blume
I wanted to like this film, and did like it at some points, but it has some flaws and ultimately is a bit of a mess. Read morePublished on June 11, 2012 by fra7299