ABE & PHIL’S LAST POKER GAME REVIEWED
“Abe & Phil’s Last Poker Game” wants to tackle death and the big cosmic questions. Unfortunately, it does with the memory of a senior near the end of their life. Nothing is answered and the action piddles about until the film finally ends. Thankfully, it was short. While this might sound quite bad, I do have to pay kudos to the pairing of Paul Sorvino and Martin Landau.
Landau is doing the same thing he’s been doing for the last 20 years, but Sorvino seems to be turning a corner. Sorvino has been the man for ages. He killed it for Oliver Stone, Baz Luhrmann and Martin Scorsese. But, as he ages…the roles he takes seem to escape my view. That’s a shame, as he brings a strong dignity that we don’t get in the modern American cinema. Too often older actors like Sorvino get relegated to the stereotypical roles or aging grandparents.
While this film toys with the second part, it also identifies these older citizens as still being individuals. If you can respect that sense of identity in terms of strong age representation, this will be for you. Otherwise, you’ll just want to skip.
- 1 hr and 25 minutes
- Gravitas Ventures
RELEASE DATE: 1/8/18
- Film Score - 86%86%
The Plot Thus Far
When Dr. Abe Mandelbaum (Martin Landau) moves into the nursing home, Cliffside Manor, with his deteriorating wife Molly, he forms an improbable relationship with gambler and womanizer, Phil Nicoletti (Paul Sorvino). Even though at first Abe feels that moving into the home is the end of the road, he soon realizes that his life is finding a whole new beginning. Abe and Phil’s friendship is challenged when a mysterious nurse claims that her biological father resides in the home. Without children of their own, both Abe and Phil jump at the chance to convince Angela, and themselves, that they are her father. Abe and Phil’s Last Poker Game is written and directed by world-renowned neurologist, and first time director, Howard Weiner.