‘Hitting the Nuts’ Poker movie enjoying a great reception amongst American audiences.
The film was released on DVD on the 15th April 2011, and it’s currently the most recent poker movie to make it to the shelves. By the looks of it, it’s already a very popular pick amongst American audiences.
The movie tag-line gives us an indication of the comical outlook of the movie by stating that ‘Even Professional Poker has a Farm System,’. The movie is meant to be a representation of the 2009 underground poker tournament/championship which is held annually in Scott county, Indiana.
The overleaf on the DVD cover describes the plot of this light-hearted mockumentary as “an outrageous group of blue-blooded American misfits who have spent a lot less time hitting the nuts in life and a lot more time having life return the favor.”
Produced by ‘Rebel Pilgrim’, the movie was written by Joe Boyd who also took care of the movie direction. Boyd also makes an appearance in the film as a character by the name of Ezekiel Yoder, an Amish farmer, come poker player.
Ther producer’s background in comedy allowed him to accentuate the documentary feel of the movie with improv dialogue in many of the scenes, which is reminiscent of the filming style used in the popular American tv series ‘the office’.
The movie has already proven a success in the ‘land of the free’ and has already won titles such as the “Best Feature Film” award at the 2011 Derby City Film Festival, where it was described by the director Kristopher Rommel as “Perhaps the funniest movie in the history of our film festival.”. The movie has also won the Audience Choice for Best Feature Film at the 2010 Cincinnati International Film Festival.
The film brings together a host of funny and wildly contrasting characters including a busty waitress, a returning champion, a town preacher, and a man who worships Phil Helmuth (We guess this was unavoidable!). The setup brings to light several situations where players are known to overreact, shining a comical light on these circumstances.
The movie is also being endorsed by Jeff Madsen, a Californian Pro player who has over $3.2 million in winnings to his name.
Hitting the nuts is available on DVD from www.hittingthenuts.com. In the meantime, here’s the movie trailer to whet your appetites!