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The Poker House (2008)

R | | Drama | 2008 (USA)
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A dramatization of Lori Petty's teenage years spent in small town Iowa.

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A dramatization of Lori Petty's teenage years spent in small town Iowa.

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After Jennifer Lawrence win the Academy Awards of Best Actress in 2013, Chloë Grace Moretz post a photo of the movie in her Instagram account remembering when they work together. See more »

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When Agnes walks into the building to play her basketball game, the camera and operator are visible in the glass doors through which she enters. See more »

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1st 'John': [seeing her come in] Ah...
Agnes: [narrating] I race the sun home in the morning, and the moon up at night. There's just today, and then there's tonight. Anything can happen, then anything does. You get through it.
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Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Written by Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford (as Nicholas Ashford)
Performed by Jennifer Lawrence Sophi Bairley and Chloë Grace Moretz
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The Poker House is not about poker
29 September 2015 | by (Edinbruhhh) – See all my reviews

Directed and written by actress Lori Petty based on her own life as a teenager with a drug-addicted prostitute as her mother.

A young Jennifer Lawrence of Hunger Games fame play Agnus (which is supposed to be Lori as a teen, why the name change I'm not sure but I guess it doesn't matter) and she does so really well.

Selma Blair plays her mother, although she's not really worthy the title of a mother in all honesty.

Anyways overall the acting is very good and it has a lot of really good scenes but the narrative is a little off at times to the point it gets a little confusing, for instance a long while in the movie I thought Chloe Grace Moretz character was Agnus when she was younger but that was not the case, and the job scene just felt like another movie with Jennifer Lawrence playing another character.

Anyway if you can look aside stuff like that this still is definitely worth watching.

I give it a 6.5/10.


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