I’ll be up front about it:
This ain’t the greatest trailer. It looks like a funny movie that was edited into a lousy trailer. At least, that’s what I’m hoping happened, because there’s a lot to love about Saint John of Las Vegas. It’s the first film directed by Hue Rhodes (who also wrote the screenplay), so that’s obviously a bit of a concern. It’s about an ex-gambler whose straight job ends up sending him back to Vegas, the site of his old life’s woes. Hijinks apparently ensue.
The goods far outweigh the potential bads. For one? Steve Buscemi, who is consistently excellent, even when he’s in lousy movies. Romany Malco, otherwise known as Jay in The 40 Year-Old Virgin (“You ever heard of Rollin’ 20s, nigga? Since I was sixteen, nigga. I’m saying, “frosty.” You know what I’m saying? “Spoon”, nigga. We fucked dwarves in the ass.”) Sarah Silverman, who I know is a divisive personality, but look — she’s not doing the squeaky voice thing. Emmanuelle Chriqui, who… OK, fine, she’s kind of boring.
But… Peter fucking Dinklage, people. John Cho. Tim Blake Nelson.
There is a serious amount of awesome thrown into this one little film.