Critics' Corner
Desson Howe - Weekend section, "Itís formulaic, yet edgy. Itís predictable, yet full of surprises."

Stephen Hunter - Style section, "In the last few minutes, "The Game" simply becomes preposterous."

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'The Game'

Scene from this movie As Nicholas Van Orton, Michael Douglas is a San Francisco investment banker worth millions, whose human relationships are less than liquid. Heís divorced. Heís only occasionally in touch with his kid brother, Conrad (Sean Penn), who has his share of behavioral problems. We learn that, as a child, Nicholas witnessed his 48-year-old father leap to his death. Nicholas lives alone with his fatherís housekeeper in a castle-cum-prison of a home. Itís clearly time for this í90s Scrooge to get in touch with his inner bile and learn valuable lessons about himself and people.

When Nicholas turns 48, his brother gives him a one-of-a-kind birthday present: a gift certificate for CRS, or Consumer Recreation Services. But when Nicholas shows up to CRSís glass tower office to claim his good time, heís submitted to a physical exam, and a barrage of questionnaires about his financial status, personal history and hobbies. -- Desson Howe
Rated R

Director: David Fichner
Cast: Michael Douglas; Sean Penn; Deborah Unger; James Rebhorn; Anna Katerina; Peter Donat; Carroll Baker; Armin Mueller-Stahl
Running Time: 2 hour, 5 minutes
Filmographies: Michael Douglas; Sean Penn;
Armin Mueller-Stahl