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Lay the Favorite

Directed by Stephen Frears

Written by D.V. DeVincentis

USA, 2012

Perhaps the most surprising element of Lay the Favorite, a pastel-colored look at the world of legal and illegal bookmaking and gambling, is its eerie sincerity. Within the first five minutes, the bubbly, ditzy lead character (Rebecca Hall) has left her job as a private dancer after a client pulls out a gun and she states, irony-free, that she wants to move to Las Vegas and become a cocktail waitress. Lay the Favorite, in this scene and in many others, is reminiscent of the fake movies fictional characters watch in real movies, empty and soulless yet filled with a number of recognizable actors stranded in underdeveloped roles.

Hall is Beth Raymer, whose consistently cheery nature endears her to a number of Vegas gamblers, chiefly Dink Heimowitz (Bruce Willis), who runs a gambling operation and is in need of »

- Josh Spiegel

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