We recently discussed our fave casino flicks, which turned into a more specific convo between us about awesome poker scenes. This age-old card game has been featured in many flicks, and it often turns into a scintillating scene.
Ocean's 11 (2001)
This scene stuck out for us because it featured some celebs at the time, and we also enjoyed the irony that the biggest celebs in the room were actually supposed to be the nobodys. What's also amusing, watching this now, is that the poker students were young hot stars at the time, and now... well... where are they? Although, I maintain to this day, Barry Watson is haawwwt.
And for the boys, there's strippers in the background of this scene too, so enjoy.
I Love You Man (2009)
This scene from I Love you, Man is just the bestest. Poor Peter is trying to make friends in his sweet non-threatening way (Stones or Beatles?) and is so brutally shot down by the d-bags at the table who don't even want him there. Sweetypie Peter is even congratulating others on their great hands, unbeknownst to him that he's creamed them. He even sincerely apologizes for beating them. How could you not fall in love with this character? This is also followed up by the priceless projectile vomit scene.
A cameo by Jay Chandrasekhar also makes me giddy.
How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days (2003)
Kate Hudson is a great commedianne and this scene is a perfect example. Benny is trying to have poker night with the guys and in comes conniving Andie to muck it all up and embarrass the bejesus outta him.
How do you ruin poker night? Easy. Take away the greasy food (and insert cucumber sammiches), snuff out the cigars, blow his nose like a 4 year old, announce people's cards, and throw a hissy fit. Check, check, and check. She nails it. Or blows it, however you wanna look at it.
What else is great, looking back on this '03 gem, is getting to see Thomas Lennon before we knew how freakin' awesomely hilarious he is.
You can't mention poker without talking about this game in its hayday when people got shot routinely during games. This is one hell of a poker tournament, with some greats like James Coburn and Alfred Molina. I'd be intimidated, that's for sure. Hell, Coburn's voice alone would be enough to make me fold.
This is the kind of scenario that almost never happens, but this movie sure was good at making the game exciting.