Owning Mahowny (2003)


Philip S. Hoffman
Minnie Driver
John Hurt

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Philip Seymour Hoffman adds another great performance to his gallery of losers in Owning Mahowny, an engrossing, fact-based comedy-drama about the perils of compulsive gambling.

The subject of compulsive gambling is hardly new to movies, but as Toronto bank-loan manager Dan Mahowny (Hoffman) brings fresh depth and tortured humanity to his portrayal of a man who helplessly feeds his pathological need to gamble in casinos with millions in embezzled bank money that he can't afford to lose. His supportive wife-to-be (Minnie Driver) is aware of his gambling problem but not of its severity, and in fulfilling the promise of his debut feature Love and Death on Long Island, British director Richard Kwietniowski strikes a delicate balance of humor, adrenalin, and escalating tension, guiding the characters in a quietly suspenseful study of Mahowny's ill-fated impulse.

Based on a true story and set in the early 1980s (but timeless in its study of dysfunctional gambling behavior) Owning Mahowny is a safe bet for film lovers everywhere.