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Synopsis:
Inspired by the true story of MIT students who mastered the art of card counting and took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings. Looking for a way to pay for tuition, Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess) finds himself quietly recruited by MIT's most gifted students in a daring plot to break Vegas. With the help of a brilliant statistics professor (Kevin Spacey) and armed with fake IDs, intelligence and a complicated system of counting cards, Ben and his friends succeed in breaking the impenetrable casinos. Now, his challenge is keeping the numbers straight and staying one step ahead of the casinos before it all spirals out of control.

Genre: Dramas
Director: Robert Luketic - Director, LEGALLY BLONDE (2001)
Theatrical Release: 2008
Rated: PG-13 (MPAA)
Length: 123 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: DVD
Language: English

Synopsis:
Inspired by the true story of MIT students who mastered the art of card counting and took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings. Looking for a way to pay for tuition, Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess) finds himself quietly recruited by MIT's most gifted students in a daring plot to break Vegas. With the help of a brilliant statistics professor (Kevin Spacey) and armed with fake IDs, intelligence and a complicated system of counting cards, Ben and his friends succeed in breaking the impenetrable casinos. Now, his challenge is keeping the numbers straight and staying one step ahead of the casinos before it all spirals out of control.

Inspired by a true story, 21 mixes Las Vegas casino wheeling and dealing with college-kid angst: think OCEAN'S ELEVEN via THE PAPER CHASE. Kevin Spacey is crafty MIT professor Micky Rosa, who trains brainiac students to count cards and then flies them out to Vegas to raid the blackjack tables between classes. At first they rake in a bundle, but then catch the unwanted attention of tough-guy security chief, Cole Williams (Laurence Fishburne) who wants to prove himself before he's replaced by face recognition software. Super math genius Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess) originally joins the ring in order to come up with the $300,000 he needs for tuition money, but he's also gaga over the ring's resident babe, Jill (Kate Bosworth). When he finds out Professor Rosa hasn't been dealing entirely from a straight deck, Ben's high-end shopping spree dreams turn sour (though card counting is not illegal) and the battle of wits is on, no second chances given. Spacey is in his preternaturally calm, morally compromised element, stealing scenes left and right; Fishburne brings the hangdog depth; and everything bubbles over the 24-karat rocks, courtesy of director Robert Luketic (LEGALLY BLONDE). 21 is based on the bestseller BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE by Ben Mezrich.;

Language Usage   Original
Release Language   English
Color   Color
HiFi Sound   N
Surround Sound   N
Digital Sound   N
Stereo Sound   N
CXEncoding   N
AC3Sound   N
THXSound   N
DTSStereo   N
Unedited Version   N
Collector's Edition   N
Director's Cut   N
Closed Captioned   N
Letterboxed   N
Extra Info   Single Disc Version
Rating Reason   for some violence, and sexual content including partial nudity
Kevin Spacey - American actor
Kevin Spacey - American actor
Michael De Luca - Executive Producer, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (2001)
Brett Ratner - Director, RUSH HOUR series/X-MEN: THE LAST STAND
Russell Carpenter -
Peter Steinfeld - Screenwriter
Kate Bosworth - Actress, SUPERMAN RETURNS
Robert Luketic - Director, LEGALLY BLONDE (2001)
David Sardy - Music Producer
Ryan Kavanaugh - TALLADEGA NIGHTS (2006)
Allan Loeb - Screenwriter, THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE
Jim Sturgess - Actor, 21 (2008)
Dana Brunetti - Producer, FANBOYS
Ben Mezrich - Author, BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE
Total Film
05/01/2008
3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] some scene-stealing from producer Spacey that's a lesson in larceny all by itself."
USA Today
03/28/2008
"It has some strong performances, most notably by Jim Sturgess, Laurence Fishburne and Kevin Spacey..."
Rolling Stone
04/03/2008
3 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t's a kick to watch Spacey and a gifted young cast use smarts to deal audiences a winning hand."
Entertainment Weekly
04/04/2008
"[A] clever and novel card-sharp thriller....21 has enough good twists to keep jolting ahead." -- Grade: B
Empire
05/01/2008
3 stars out of 5 -- "Luketic places the film in capable hands with his two leads. Bosworth is sweetly determined....Spacey is clearly enjoying himself immensely..."
Sight and Sound
07/01/2008
"[A] film that offers viewers the thrill of breaking the bank at Las Vegas....Blown up on the big screen, 21 succeeds....Clearly a fascinating story."

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