Swindle (2013 film)
by Gordon Korman
|Production company||Pacific Bay Entertainment|
|Release date||August 24, 2013|
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Swindle is a children's film that premiered on August 24, 2013, on Nickelodeon, starring Noah Crawford, Chris O'Neal, Jennette McCurdy, Noah Munck, Ariana Grande, and Ciara Bravo. The movie is about a boy named Griffin (Noah Crawford) whose friend, Ben (Chris O'Neal), finds a rare baseball card worth a fortune. Griffin offers to sell the card to a local collectible dealer without being aware of its value. The dealer scams the boys, driving Griffin to enlist several fellow students to help them retrieve the baseball card.  A sneak peek premiered on Nickelodeon during three Sam & Cat episodes. The August 24 premiere was watched by 4.2 million viewers.
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Griffin Bing (Noah Crawford), "The Brains", is a teenage boy notorious for helping almost everyone at his school. His friend Ben Dupree (Chris O'Neal) "The Best Friend" and his family are in jeopardy of losing their home. One day, he boys find a Honus Wagner baseball card inside Ben's house and decide to sell it to a collector named Paul Swindell (Fred Ewanuick) who agrees to buy the card for $350. The next morning, Griffin and Ben discover that Swindell has claimed to have found the card himself and plans to sell it for $1.2 million. The two confront Swindell in his shop, but he refuses to return the card. Griffin forms a team in order to perform a challenging heist. The team consists of Amanda Benson "The Gymnast" (Ariana Grande), Savannah Westcott "The Actress" (Jennette McCurdy) and Darren Vader "The Muscle" (Noah Munck). Melissa Bing (Ciara Bravo), Griffin's younger sister attempts to join the team, but Griffin rejects her. Together, the team attempts to sneak into Swindell's shop. Griffin finds the card, but realizes that if Swindell found the card missing, he and Ben would be his primarily suspects. After Melissa saves the guys from being caught by Swindell by hacking into his alarm system, they let her join the team dubbing her "The Hacker". Griffin then plans to have Swindell hand over the card to them. He is invited to auction off his card by a wealthy businessman, Anton Lefevre.
They have Amanda go to Eddie's (a "nerd king" who owns many rare collectibles and has a big crush on Amanda) house wearing video cam glasses with an ear piece to find something rare and valuable. She finds a rare red headed Captain Cybertor toy, which she lends in return for a date with him. They then plan to get the card at the Lakeshore Hotel, where Swindell is planning to sell it. Before going to their room, Melissa secretly hacked into the system and switched rooms (their room a crown suite while Swindell's a basement hotel room). After hacking, Savannah pretends to be Swindell's daughter and asks for the hotel room key to the crown suite. Savannah and Darren then pretend to be a couple of German kids that do not know the figure's actual price and sell it to him for $10. He then goes to a massage with Griffin disguised as Lefevre during which he gets a phone call from a collector named Ivan Volkov, who has been searching for a red headed Captain Cybertor. While that, the makeup that Amanda put on him starts to melt, but he leaves the spa just in time.
Swindell runs to his room and gets the figure, but Amanda swaps it for a normal blue one. He sells it to Volkov for $80,000 but later sees through Ben's mustache disguise and finds Ben's room card, which he purposely dropped and gets to the gang's room (the crown suite which Melissa had charged to Swindell's account). The gang confronts Swindell and tells him about the Cybertor switch. They offer him the red Cybertor in return for the Honus Wagner card and show him the CCTV footage which Melissa hacked that shows Volkov is angry Swindell gave him the blue one, but Swindell lunges for it so they throw it around until Ben accidentally throws it off the balcony and on to a couple's wedding cake. They all start to chase after it and through the snake pit (Ben's dad had entered himself in a contest that happens to be at the hotel where the contestants have a few minutes to show of their inventions with the winner getting a lot of money, which he is attempting to win with his retrievable hand invention, the iGotit).
After accidentally invading the wedding of the cake the figure landed on they finally get the captain Cybertor. They offer to give it to Swindell to Volkov (who turns out to be Savannah's dad in disguise) if he gives them the card. When he attempts to leave the hotel, he bumps into an employee who spills his case revealing a load of fake Honus Wagner cards with his face on them. A hotel employee comes up to him with a bill of $35,000. Back at the hotel, the gang celebrate and reveal themselves to be the actual owners of the card to Lefevre who invites them into the auction for it.
At the end, Griffin rewards the gang with $25,000 for their help. Ben explains his family did not need the money because his dad got cash from the iGotit after he inadvertently punched out Swindell, which had been getting him thousands of orders from police stations. They also used the money to send the wedding couple on a real honeymoon. Afterwards, Griffin decides the group could be that they take down swindlers after getting a request from a little girl to save her bird (she went to get it groomed but the groomer found out the bird was a rare species).
- Jennette McCurdy as Savannah Westcott ("The actress")
- Noah Crawford as Griffin Bing ("The Brains")
- Chris O'Neal as Ben Dupree ("The Best Friend"/"The Sidekick")
- Ciara Bravo as Melissa Bing ("The Hacker")
- Ariana Grande as Amanda "Mandy" Benson ("The Gymnast"/"Mandy the Mutant")
- Noah Munck as Darren Vader ("The Muscle")
- Fred Ewanuick as Paul Swindell ("The Swindler")
- Sandy Robson as Anton Leferve
- Gardiner Millar as Ivan Volkov/ Mr. Westcott ("The Actor")
- Mitchell Duffield as Eddie Goldmeyer
- Chris Shields as Ben's dad
- Lucia Walters as Ben's mom
- Farrah Aviva as the bride
- Aurelio DiNunzio as the bride's father
- Phillip Lee as Joy the Jock
- Marrett Green as News Reporter
- Ecstasia Sanders as Hotel Manager
- Claudio Encarnacion Montero as PJ
- Tabitha St. Germain as Ariel
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