All bets are off as the world of high-stakes gambling hits high-class Harvard in writer-director James Toback’s crime thriller “Harvard Man,” screening at the American Film Market.
The sexy, rich daughter of a mob boss, Cindy Bandolini (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is dating the Harvard basketball team’s star player, Alan Jensen (Adrian Grenier). When his Kansas family loses their farm, Alan needs money to aid his family, so Cindy comes up with a plan to put the fix on the season’s biggest game. They rake in illegal profits of Ivy League proportions, until the feds come on the scene, along with the Bandolini family’s hired heat.
Alan is in over his head and seeks refuge in the arms of his secret mistress, philosophy professor Chesney Cort (Joey Lauren Adams), who is two-timing him with the male-female FBI team assigned to the case (Eric Stoltz and Rebecca Gayheart).
Toback’s credits include “Black and White,” “Two Girls and a Guy” and “The Pick-Up Artist.”