a cross between shattered glass and fargo. hoffman plays another obsessed character here. this time he plays dan mahowny (although the front dvd cover wrongly names him brian mahowny), a canadian banker who is addicted to gambling. the film does a good job of vacillating between comedy and drama – within a scene we might laugh at hoffman’s predicament only to see that laughter turn to sadness within seconds. the truth is that his situation is both humorous and pathetic. minnie driver plays his supportive, spineless girlfriend. the end is predictable, but not to our protagonist.