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Grinders 2013 NR CC

3.4 out of 5 stars (8) IMDb 5.8/10

With a new baby and wife to support, out-of-work filmmaker Matt Gallagher tries his hand, and some would say "luck", at playing poker for a living. Grinders is the director's inside journey into the unconventional, often bizarre, underground world of illegal poker clubs.

Starring:
Matt Gallagher
Runtime:
1 hour, 15 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Documentary
Director Matt Gallagher
Starring Matt Gallagher
Studio Gravitas Ventures
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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This movie is good in that it seems a realistic depiction of real poker players. It is non-fiction. The main protagonist is trying to make a living while unemployed. It addresses the hardship of insecurity for his family, but does not go into the detail I would have wanted. How much does he actually make? What is the variance of his income? How does this variance impact he and his family? Watching the struggles of this one character might have been dramatic and revealing. The film spends too much time on the story of a poker room owner who is being blackmailed for extra rent. This is time that could have been spent examining the lives of actual poker players. The film also talks about one poker player trying to get on a poker reality show, but does not follow up to let us know how well he did. I would have liked to learn a lot more about the characters and how poker playing affects their lives.
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Grinders takes us downstairs into the basement of underground poker, a world most people do not know exists. The creator makes the wise choice of closely following three participants who live for the hunt and thrill of gambling action as their full-time jobs. The creator tries his own hand at this poker lifestyle, during which his losses plus the damage done to the other three players makes it clear he is the wealthiest of them all despite struggling with an empty bank account. This film is about addiction, denial, choices, ethics and loneliness. One player, Andre, is still young, hopeful, extremely smart and wickedly funny; one can only hope he doesn't end up like the other two players in 20 years. There are far too few documentaries on gambling addiction and Grinders should set the standard for others.
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I really loved this documentary. I can't imagine trying to earn a living this way and I found the sub-culture of those that do very depressing, but it was an honest look into that life. The documentary has an added bonus which is footage of Matt Gallagher's daughter Audrey. She is simply adorable!
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Boring "documentary". Apparently an attempt by a lazy "film maker" who didn't want to work in trying to make it appear to his wife and others that he was actually doing something with his professional poker attempts and his "documentary". A waste of time and money!
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