R | | Comedy
An improvisational comedy using a handful of actors playing characters competing in an actual poker tournament.
With the exception of the character conversations away from the game, the entire final table scene was unscripted. Co-Writer and Director Zak Penn chose to play the entire final table for real, meaning that they did not know in advance which of the characters would win, and thus how the movie would end. Because of Ray Romano's shooting schedule, the scene between Lainie (Cheryl Hines) and Fred (Ray Romano) had to be filmed before the final table had been played. Two different scenes were shot to allow for Lainie to either win or lose. The alternative scene is included on the DVD.
L.B.J. Deuce Fairbanks:
Let me tell ya how the internet screwed up poker, okay. When a guy sucks out on the river, on the internet, you cannot take the guy out in the parking lot and you cannot break his fuckin' knees.
Chips spread across the table disappear during the Blausteen-Schwartzman game.
$16,454 (USA) (23 March 2008)
$8,114,669 (USA) (27 April 2008)