TV Review - Win It All
Johnson stars as Eddie Garrett, a gambling addict in Chicago who gets a job with his brother's landscaping business in order to pay back a 5-digit, gambling debt. He and his brother had a tense relationship but they joke around with each other and get along pretty well. He meets a Mexican nurse named Eva who is a single mom. Eddie starts dating her and it's a nice, easygoing romance. The movie is then just a series of low-key scenes of funny interactions of Eddie and the various people he encounters.
What prompts the narrative is when a friend leaves Eddie a bag full of cash and Eddie is told not to open the bag. Of course, Eddie does open the bag and gambles away all the cash inside. When the friend returns from prison, he wants the bag back. Eddie worries if this friend will hurt or kill him and if he'll have to leave town and abandon Eva and his brother Ron.
It's an interesting premise that's well told and well acted for the most part. The ending is confusing though. I'm not sure what the takeaway is meant to be regarding gambling. Initially, and for the majority of the time, we're led to believe gambling is bad and that gambling is causing Eddie ruin, but the solution that Swanberg and Johnson concoct is even more gambling.
The ending follows through with Johnson's likability and allows him to get away with his crimes so-to-speak. He has a happy ending basically without suffering any real consequences. Just because you don't want his character to lose doesn't mean he should get away with it. It's not that he should have died, but his gambling away his friend's money is something about which he never tells the truth. He never confesses to Eva or Ron what he did, which feels like a cop out.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 28 mins.