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Director:Robert Luketic
Cast:Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne, Aaron Yoo
Release Date:2008
Genre:Drama, Teen Flick

Screens at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Wheeler Auditorium July 18 at 2p.m.

By Violet LeVoit | Posted 7/15/2009

21 Blackjack, so they say, is the only casino game you can win without cheating if you've got the kind of calculator brain that can tally a roster of when the choicest cards are most likely to appear. It's the kind of task that sounds custom-made for an MIT grad, which works out for Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess), a brilliant senior who won't go to med school unless he coughs up $300,000 in tuition. Luckily, everyone's favorite professor, Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey), drafts him for a secret after-school club where students, like Ben's pretty classmate Jill Taylor (Kate Bosworth), learn to count cards for the purpose of making money on weekend jaunts to Las Vegas. Based on the very slimmest margin of a true story about the real-life (and more Asian than depicted here) MIT Blackjack Team, 21 is less about the romance of numbers or the reality of the Vegas system than it is a teen drama shoehorned into an extended bachelor party.

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