Let it Ride (1989)

“You know what they say, ‘Nothing ventured, nothing… ventured.'” – Vicki

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Nov 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A cab driver gets a tip on a horse race and has trouble stopping himself from betting al of his winnings over and over.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recalled hearing about when it came out yet never had any real desire to see what it was all about.

The story itself is quite silly, but Richard Dreyfuss in the lead role helps make things more enjoyable and fun to watch.

The plot itself snowballs out of control early one, but within the context of the gambling and racing world, it stays just bearable.

The biggest problem of this film is the fact that none of the characters are actually likeable.

Things also feel quite repetitious because they seem to replay many scenarios and scenes over and over again to a point where it’s just too much.

This takes away from a unique feeling each time it happens and it seems too much as if they are trying to purposefully drag things along.

The film’s supporting cast is fun to watch and David Johansen is by far the best of them as a sad sack cabbie who constantly seems to lose.

Teri Garr and Jennifer Tilly are both slightly wasted here in very superficial roles.

Bottom Line – Fun but somewhat silly story that works due to Dreyfuss’ work here. The story snowballs out of control right from the start, but within the context of it all, it still works. The problem here is that many scenes and scenarios feel repeated over and over and instead of feeling unique each time, it all feels far too repetitive and drawn out. The supporting cast is fun to watch and Johansen is great in a sad sack role. Tilly and Garr are wasted in very superficial roles.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film’s title is an expression that means, according to the Free Dictionary, “to allow something to continue or remain as it is”. In a gambling sense, the phrase refers to the allowance of winnings to remain in the betting pool to continue on for the next bet. The “Let it Ride” phrase is also the name of a popular casino card game, where similarly, according to the Urban Dictionary, the “…winning chips remain on the table in hopes of winning the same number, color, row, or any feasible bet that previously won”. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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