There are numerous films that hit the straight to video market featuring a great cast that delivers some interesting filmmaking, but just never get the push you would think. The latest Guns, Girls, and Gambling sports a cast featuring Christian Slater, Gary Oldman, Powers Boothe, Jeff Fahey, Chris Kattan, Sam Trammell, Tony Cox and Dane Cook. The trailer looked pretty entertaining, but the title alone explains why it didn’t get the wide release push, but it also has potential of delivering something fun or a total train wreck.
Guns, Girls, and Gambling follows a wild and crazy heist story featuring Elvis impersonators, Indians, cowboys, a blond assassin, a frat boy, corrupt cops and a prostitute all out for one thing, a priceless American Indian artifact stolen during a poker game. This film is just as wacky as the title implies. The case seems to be having a great time with this over the top silly and fun story to deliver a fun ride. The story isn’t anything all that new, pretty much taking the mistaken identity direction with everyone out to get the same thing while assuming one character has it, while they have no idea what is going on. There is a wide range of crazy characters popping up that are over the top, but somehow manage to work. Christian Slater has always been great, but for some reason been bumped to the straight to video market lately, but this is by far the best film he has delivered and really seems to having a great time. Seeing Gary Oldman walk around as an Elvis impersonator is pretty much worth the film and the fact that he seems to be having fun with it makes it that much better. The rest of the cast do great with their parts to bring this violent dark comedy to life.
This is one of those films that doesn’t deliver anything all that new, but has enough star power and fun to create a film worthwhile to check out. Unlike most of the films like this that are released straight to video this one works and delivers exactly what the title says. If you like any of these actors and just want to have a crazy ride through an over the top story of violence, betrayal, cowboys, Indians, and Elvis then this is the movie for you.