Saint John of Las Vegas – Movie 87 of 365

29 Mar

Saint John of Las Vegas 2009Review spoiler: I laughed a lot more at this movie than the previous one.   While not a laugh riot Saint John of Las Vegas is a pretty solid movie about a man and his luck.  John (Steve Buscemi)  is a gambler but not particularly a lucky one, and when you live in Las Vegas that’s not a good combination. One day he gets in his car and leaves, driving until his runs out of gas in Albuquerque,  New Mexico.  He makes a decent life for himself, a house in a gated community and a nice steady job as an auto insurance claim processor.  His gambling has been reduced to scratch-off tickets and the instant lottery, neither he has any real luck with.

John decides it’s time to ask for a raise and goes to ask his boss,  Mr. Townsend (Peter Dinklage).  Instead of a raise he gets reassigned to a new position, fraud investigator, with a chance for advancement.  He is assigned to work under the surly and sometimes downright hostile Virgil (Romany Malco) on a suspected fraud case in of course, Las Vegas.

This movie is an interesting combination of the odd and the lovable.  All characters are a bit strange from Tasty D Lite (Emmanuelle Chriqui) the now wheelchair bound stripper who filed the insurance claim, to Smitty (John Cho) the part-time tow truck diver and part-time sideshow act.  Sarah Silverman is cute and not annoying as John’s smiley face obsessed co-worker Jill.  And you can’t help but root for John’s luck to change. There are a few plot twists, one odd reoccurring dream, and a pretty sweet ending.

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