Craig Daniels (Pat Healy) is a family man -- wife, young daughter -- who wanted to be a writer but would up as an auto mechanic. Craig and his family are facing eviction, but while he's hoping to get a raise, he winds up downsized instead. Craig heads out to a bar to drown his sorrows, and he runs into Vince (Ethan Embry), an old friend Craig hasn't seen in five years. Vince works as the muscle for bookies and knows something about violence and people who are desperate.
Their salvation or damnation comes from Colin (David Koechner) and Violet (Sara Paxton), a married couple out celebrating Violet's birthday. Colin is a loud, obnoxious hedonist, snorting coke and doing whatever he wants; Violet is withdrawn, barely noticing anything except when she's taking pictures of whatever interests her. And while they're making bets with each other, they quickly decide to include Craig and Vince in their games. The bets start relatively small, but soon grow into hundreds or even thousands of dollars. They also grow more disgusting and dangerous, illegal and violent. And as the night becomes morning and the booze and drugs flow, things between Craig and Vince become more strained and they compete for the money they both urgently need.
Overall grade: B
Reviewed by James Lynch