Though they vow to never take bets worth more than $500, the boys soon are reaping the benefits of their scheme, outfitting their dorm room with the latest electronics and driving fancy cars--behavior that draws the attention of the campus police and the professional bookies on whose turf they're treading. Of course, they take it too far, bribing school athletes to fix a game, only to be outbid, but predictably--and anticlimactically--they weasel out of it in the end and earn the admiration of their adversaries in the process. Aw.
It's a smart script that moves along at a fast clip, even if it does leave some loose ends untied, and has the presence of mind to punish these wrongdoers, if not too severely. Starring Nick Stahl, Lukas Haas, Johnny Galecki and Rachael Leigh Cook. Directed by Mark Illsley. Written by Michael Bacall. Produced by Alan Greenspan, Paul Greenstone and Sabine Mueller. No distributor set. Suspense drama. Not yet rated. Running time: 93 min.