“Mississippi Grind” trailer puts Ryan Reynolds on the road and rolling high

mississippi grindYes, Reynolds blew everyone away with that SDCC Deadpool trailer.  But gotta say the trailer for Mississippi Grind is looking pretty sweet too.  No, Reynolds isn’t wearing spandex or blowing away bad guys in Grind (at least not from this trailer).  But it looks like a cool cross between bromance road trip comedies and Oceans Eleven.  Though gotta admit Reynolds’ costar Ben Mendelsohn had me thinking “did Martin Short have work done?  He looks so young!”  But no.  Different dude. But the performances Reynolds and Mendelsohn hint at in this trailer look like ones that could get some buzz in a few months time. (Hint: awards season)

Here’s the synopsis:

In this lively, freewheeling road movie, Emmy Award nominee Ben Mendelsohn plays Gerry, a talented but down-on-his-luck gambler whose fortunes begins to change when he meets Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), a younger, highly charismatic poker player.  The two strike up an immediate friendship and Gerry quickly persuades his new friend to accompany him on a road trip to a legendary high stakes poker game in New Orleans. As they make their way down the Mississippi River, Gerry and Curtis manage to find themselves in just about every bar, racetrack, casino, and pool hall they can find, experiencing both incredible highs and dispiriting lows, but ultimately forging a deep and genuine bond that will stay with them long after their adventure is over.

Reminiscent of classic 1970s American Cinema, Mississippi Grind is an unforgettable journey featuring two characters who—flawed as they may be—are always worth rooting for.  It’s a film about friendship, addiction, regret, family, and the paths we sometimes unexpectedly find ourselves on—told with empathy, humor, and a remarkable light touch by acclaimed filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson, It’s Kind of A Funny Story).

Mississippi Grind also stars Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton, Robin Weigert, and Alfre Woodard.

It is produced by Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell, who previously worked with Fleck and Boden on Half Nelson, and also produced The Place Beyond the Pines and Blue Valentine.

Check out the trailer below.  Pretty interesting, no?  Mississippi Grind hits theaters September 25th, but hits DirecTV August 13th.  Those sneaky devils.

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