The Prime Gig Movie Review

Something's rotten in The Prime Gig, but damned if you can put your finger on it. Director Gregory Mosher and his team have done their homework in crafting a suspenseful con-artist thriller by keeping you guessing about just who's getting conned.

Is it Vince Vaughn's Penny, a distrusting telemarketer with questionable morals? Or is it Ed Harris's Kelly Grant, a kingpin of telephone sales who recruits Penny to help him sell $2.5 million worth of investment shares in a gold mine? Or something else altogether? Penny takes this "prime gig," mainly because it gets him closer to Kelly's girlfriend (Julia Ormand), which, combined with his inability to sell anything on the floor, starts to land him in hotter and hotter water. Is any of this legit? Who's conning who? The Prime Gig takes its sweet time in getting to the answer, but it's definitely a worthwhile trip to take.

Vaughn and Harris -- who honed the con game in Glengarry Glen Ross -- spar well here, Vaughn berating his marks into buying shares while Harris rides him all the way. Ormond doesn't make much of an impression (does she ever?), but she's harmless enough and at least doesn't detract from the better half of the tale -- Penny working the phones.

The Prime Gig is hardly the masterpiece of Glengarry or House of Games, but it's a worthy entry into a very difficult genre. You undoubtedly missed it in theatrical release. You ought to catch it now on DVD.


The Prime Gig Rating

" Good "

Rating: R, 2000


More Vince Vaughn

Colin Farrell Adds Another Gig To The Comeback List With Dolce & Gabbana Campaign

Colin Farrell – heartthrob, new star of True Detective and now, the face of Dolce & Gabbana’s scent Intenso. It’s a perfect fit, right?Colin Farrell...

Forget "True Detective" Season 2, Ellen Page and Kate Mara's Parody Is Where It's At

Ellen Page and Kate Mara are two of Hollywood’s favourite sweethearts, but we love them even more (if that’s even possible) after their True Detective...

So, "True Detective" Season 2 Will Star Colin Farrell And Vince Vaughn. Who's Next?

Another one of those True Detective rumours has been confirmed – Vince Vaughn has indeed signed on for a part in the show’s second season....

Finally, We've Got a Plot for 'True Detective' Season 2 (and Vince Vaughn)

After months of rumors, speculation and a drip-feed of information for Nic Pizzolato and individuals connected with HBO, we've finally got some solid information on...


With Matthew McConaughey's Story Done "True Detective" Casts Colin Farrell For Second Season

Big news, True Detective fans! The latest cast announcement from HBO’s runaway hit is that Colin Farrell will join the lineup starting next season. Farrell...

Rachel McAdams In 'True Detective 2' Talks & Other Cast Rumours

Rachel McAdams is rumoured to be in talks with the makers of the second series of True Detective. The 35-year-old Canadian actor is not the...

Meet The (Probable) Cast of True Detective Season 2

The True Detective season 2 plot has been shrouded in secrecy since Nic Pizzolato announced the follow up to the ground-breaking HBO drama, though, in...

Will Vince Vaughn Really Lead 'True Detective' Season 2?

Vince Vaughn, the Hollywood actor primarily known for a string of blockbuster comedies including Wedding Crashers and The Breakup, is in negotiations to join HBO...