Casino Jack is inspired by the true story of Washington, D.C. lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to corruption, tax evasion, and defrauding American Indian tribes and casinos. With Kevin Spacey's glib slickness making Abramoff charmingly snarky, the movie tries to play the mid-2000s lobbying scandal as entertaining satire. It aims for a huckster vibe, where the crime Abramoff commits isn't the wholesale swindling of people; it's that he got caught. Spacey has a field day playing Abramoff. Still, the movie's tone feels a little bipolar. What starts off as a rather comic morality tale becomes full-on ridiculous.
Director: George Hickenlooper
Writer: Norman Snider
Producer: Gary Howsam, Bill Marks and George Zakk
Cast: Kelly Preston, Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Rachelle Lefevre, Jon Lovitz, Yannick Bisson, Eric Schweig, Maury Chaykin, Christian Campbell and Spencer Garrett