A 2002 film about a pool hustler named Johnny, once known as "The Sidepocket Kid", who decides to get out of the business after he learns that Joe, his manager, threw away his invitation to play in a professional pool league in order to keep making money off of him as a hustler. Unfortunately, it turns out he isn't any good at doing legitimate work, and what's worse, his little brother Danny, something of a hustler himself, is set to get himself in a load of trouble with Joe when he gets in over his head.
This film contains examples of the following tropes:
Final Boss Preview: Brad shows up in one of the first scenes of the movie, working for Chico. Chico wants him to play against Johnny when Johnny brashly ups the ante after finding out that Joe had thrown out his league invite. Brad declines because Johnny appears to have "a lot of personal shit" going on.
Genre Savvy: Many of the characters, although a few end up falling victim to more-savvy characters, or realize only too late that they are Wrong Genre Savvy.
What, did I stutter? A few seconds ago, it was like a poolhall up in this mutha-fucker, now it's as quiet as a church!
It's Pronounced Tro-PAY : There is a world of difference between saying someone is your nigga and saying that they are your nigger. Especially if you are one of two white guys in a room full of black gangsters.
Last-Second Word Swap: Because at one point, he's not playing pool in a poolhall, so he has to change his catchphrase mid-sentence for it to make any sense.
Oh Crap: Joe, when he realizes that Johnny's backer is a millionaire.
Punch Clock Villain: Brad. Hustles Danny for an outrageous sum of money, and Johnny has to play him to make back the money his brother owes Joe. As soon as the game is concluded and Chico shows up with a shotgun and a grudge against Joe, Brad packs up his gear and departs, making small talk with Johnny on the way out the door.
Where Do You Think You Are?: Joe unleashes a monologue at Uncle Mike along these lines, informing him that he's out of his depth in a pool hall like this, and how he'll remember the day that Joe took his eighty grand.
Worthy Adversary: Brad. After their high-stakes game, he makes small talk with Johnny and even gives him some encouraging words.
You Have No Idea Who You're Dealing With: Mike spells it out for Joe: He's a millionaire, eighty grand is literally nothing to him, and he can afford to keep throwing money on the table pretty much indefinitely until Johnny wins. And he intends to take Joe for every last thing he has, including his jewelry, just because Joe is such a dick.