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Exciting but sometimes hard to watch
- Rose Caliendo
This is an interesting and entertaining movie. Yonkers Joe (Chazz) ekes out a living by hustling small-time gamblers and Atlantic City casinos using his own slight-of-hands and fixed dice made by his buddy (Michael Lerner). Yonkers Joe, a single dad, has a 21 year old son (Joe Jr.) with Down Syndrome that is sent home to learn to control his anger and his cursing before he can go into a group home. Yonkers Joe needs to pull off one big scam in Vegas to earn enough to put Joe Jr. in a top-of-the-line home. It was interesting to watch how dice are altered. Tom Guiry really did an excellent job physically and emotionally playing Joe Jr. Guiry portrayed "Yes, I may be challenged, but I am capable of being self-sufficient and I have emotional needs just like everyone else, so give me some respect." We also enjoyed the interview of Fast Jack Farrell after the movie. A heads-up: there are a couple of cursing phrases by Joe Jr. that will most definitely raise your eyebrows.
Yonkers Joe is a heartfelt family drama, about a father and a son. It does a great job of sharing with the audience the life of a talented gambler, who is now faced with taking care of his troubled son, who has Down Syndrome. It was touching to see how both characters, who resented one another for so many years, due to feelings of guilt and abandonment, come together to pull off a cunning gambling act in Las Vegas! I've watched the movie three times so far and have recommend it to all my friends...it's definitely one of my favorites.
Great, Great Moive
This is a GREAT movie. The inside, tricks of the trade of the gambler are depicted with such realism that I forgot I was watching a movie. Yonkers Joe, played to perfection by Chazz Palminteri can manipulate cards and dice in order to make himself win -- I would defy anyone to try and catch him. What's different about this story is Joe doesn't make a ton of money, he uses his skills to get by until something happens that drives his ambition. I wondered after seeing this movie, if I had ever been conned in this fashion, because I didn't think these types of skilled gamblers would waste their time on small money, back room VFW type poker games. But why not? These people don't care about showing off they just want your money. These are crooked characters who operate outside the law, but when performed and photographed with such honesty and meaning, I understood their motives and was drawn in by them. The story between Chazz and his son is truly moving. If the actor playing Chazz's son isn't really mentally challenged, he's surely the greatest actor on the planet and deserves an Oscar! This is the best movie I've seen all year. In you've ever played poker or shot craps, you have to see this movie.
Yonkers Joe (2008)
Well meaning but I just never found it very engrossing. The acting is fine but no one is a stand out. It seemed longer than it's actual length. I just never cared much for any of the characters. Tom Guiry's performance doesn't ring true.