The rather brave thing about this modest but lovingly crafted comedy-drama from director Jeff Balsmeyer (Danny Deckchair) and screenwriter Mike Cram is that its leads don't try to save themselves from their gambling troubles by pulling off a clever illegal scam. Instead, they try through sheer force of will and imagination. Best friends and business partners Matt (Dallas Roberts) and Sam (Jeremy Renner) are gadget kings (Matt invents; Sam sells) who have launched more ill-fated products than they can count, including an automatic toothbrush that brushes all your teeth at once. Eternal optimists, they have a bad habit of taking their stake money to the race track or casino. When the duo gambles away $7,000 lent to Matt by his girlfriend (Ayelet Zurer), she leaves him, even as the men are forced to dissolve their company and take retail jobs (shudder). Based on a true story, Ingenious has been sitting on the shelf since 2009 but is getting a second chance thanks to Renner's recent jump to big-star status. In truth, the film belongs more to the always superb Roberts, but it's fitting that Renner's good fortune has trickled to a movie about two guys who always expect lightning to strike twice.