This five-song EP marks a change in the Movielife's style. Gone are the days of a blender-styled mix of hardcore, punk, emo, and pop music. On The Movielife Has a Gambling Problem, the direction is much more pop-oriented in an indie punk way, akin to the Juliana Theory or labelmates New Found Glory. The vocals are accessible and key to the delivery of the band. Vocalist Vinnie Caruana has a syrupy-sweet vocal style that leaves the listener wanting more. Unfortunately, the rest of the band doesn't follow suit. The drumming is stale and redundant and the guitar seems to follow along like a puppy after Caruana's vocals. The Movielife Has a Gambling Problem is a good pop album, but it seems like a step down from the previous layered efforts that defined the Movielife as a cutting-edge act.
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AllMusic Review by Kurt Morris