Poolhall Junkies

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Released 2002

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Poolhall Junkies

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Director:
Gregory "Mars" Martin
Released:
2002
Rating:
R

Poolhall Junkies is a thriller written and directed by Mars Callahan, who stars as Johnny, a talented pool hustler lost in a world of corruption. The film opens in a shady pool hall where Johnny (Callahan) is the best. His sponsor, a small-time gangster named Joe (Chazz Palminteri), sets up every game and watches closely as Johnny takes his opponent's money. Johnny starts to wise up after realizing that Joe is receiving the benefits of his talents. He tells Joe that he's going pro, upsetting the gangster, who sends his goons to break Johnny's leg, as a sign not to return to the pool halls. Johnny gets a normal job, but sees his brother Danny (Michael Rosenbaum) heading down the same dark path that he just left behind. A vengeful Joe sets up a scam involving his new pool shark Brad (Rick Schroder) and Johnny's brother, resulting in Danny owing Joe big time. Danny tries to steal the money to pay the debt, and Johnny is forced back into the shady world to save his brother's life. The question is does he still have what it takes to beat Brad?

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  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Callahan mostly overcomes its grungy technical quality with entertaining dialogue, nervy confrontation scenes, decent thesping and some truly spectacular shooting on the green velvet.

  • 40

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    The proliferating subplots require many big emotional confrontations, so the movie seems to reach its climax 20 minutes in, and then every 15 minutes or so thereafter. This is fair...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    It isn't that nothing happens in Poolhall Junkies, it's that nothing interesting does.

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Drama

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Gambling, Crime, Thrillers