Trailer Watch: Saint John of Las Vegas

Steve Buscemi’s really starting to show his age in first-time writer-director Hue Rhodes’ Saint John of Las Vegas, and the film looks a bit self-consciously eccentric for my taste, but the strong cast could make it work.

(It’s particularly nice to see Peter Dinklage get more roles that didn’t necessarily call for a little person; the guy is too damned funny to get pigeonholed by his height. His Death at a Funeral reprisal will at least keep him in the public eye and earn him a bigger paycheck than the original.)

Here’s the synopsis:

After a run of bad luck, John (Steve Buscemi), a compulsive gambler, runs away from Las Vegas and toward a normal job and life. Taking a nondescript position in an auto insurance company in Albuquerque, he tries to get ahead in the straight world, amid the ever-present temptations of scratch-off lotto tickets.

When his boss, Mr. Townsend (Peter Dinklage), asks John to accompany his top fraud debunker, Virgil (Romany Malco) on an investigation of a dubious car accident near Vegas, John sees an opportunity to get a promotion , though hes concerned about returning to the gambling game. Before leaving he becomes involved with his eccentric co-worker Jill (Sarah Silverman), a dalliance that has the potential to become a real relationship.

Soon John is on the road with Virgil, where they encounter a series of offbeat characters, including a wheelchair-bound stripper (Emmanuelle Chriqui), a nude militant (Tim Blake Nelson), a park Ranger (Jesse Garcia), and a carnival human torch (John Cho). While Virgil is the supposed leader of the investigation, its John who begins to finally assert himself, pushing the case closer to a conclusion.

Through the journey, Johns confidence builds, and he realizes that he can’t escape his gambling addiction by running away from it—it will follow him wherever he goes. Its only when he returns to Vegas and his experiences there finally send him on the path to breaking free.

Saint John of Las Vegas hits New York and LA on January 29, 2010.

Posted on December 7, 2009 at 15:57 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
In: Trailers

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  1. Written by Huerhodes
    on 2009-12-07 at 20:09
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    Hi. I'm Hue Rhodes, the writer/director of Saint John of Las Vegas. I appreciate you posting the trailer here. I can't argue that the film isn't eccentric. In fact, that's a perfect adjective. But we weren't glib in our conception or execution. So hopefully it doesn't read as eccentric for eccentricity's sake.

    Thanks again for posting. Word of mouth is everything for an indie film.

    Best,

    Hue Rhodes
    @huerhodes (twitter)
    http://www.huerhodes.com

  2. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2009-12-07 at 21:31
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    Hey, Mr. Rhodes! Thanks for popping in here. I'm quick on the glib patter sometimes, but I wouldn't have posted the trailer if I didn't think it looked promising. I hope your film makes it to Chicago, so I can see it for myself!

  3. Written by MO--
    on 2009-12-10 at 19:37
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    Looks pretty sweet!
    But if the film showing in Chicago isn't a given, I assume chances to get it to Germany are pretty slim, right?

  4. Written by MO--
    on 2009-12-11 at 00:37
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    Looks pretty sweet!
    But if the film showing in Chicago isn't a given, I assume chances to get it to Germany are pretty slim, right?

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