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The Poker House (2008)

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

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

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Lust, drugs and violence... no place for a kid. See more »

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Rated R for language, and disturbing content involving a minor including rape, sexual content and drug/alcohol abuse | See all certifications »

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The film only got a UK release in 2015 and was released under the alternate title Behind Closed Doors See more »

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During the basketball game, Agnes' coach was allowed to call a timeout when her team was not in possession of the basketball. 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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I Feel Love
Written by Michael Lloyd and Greg O'Connor
Produced by Michael Lloyd (uncredited), Greg O'Connor (uncredited)
Courtesy of Michael Music, Curb Songs and Music by Greg
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One house to rent
29 September 2014 | by (adelaide, australia) – See all my reviews

Before JL was known, she lit up the screen here, among many other great performances in a true yet, I guess in one way, astounding story based on ex actress, Petty's childhood. Lawrence plays the the oldest sister to two youngin's whose irresponsible mother (Selma Blair) is a drunk and a heroin shooter. Her lover (Bokeem Woodbine) and pimp is having it off with Lawrence, in some intimately hot scenes, where I could see a talent on the rise. In this notorious house, there's pimping, boozing, partying, and of course poker playing. Lawrence does of steal the movie, really making an impact on the viewer, where surrounding performances are not to be underrated, particularly Blair, and a surprising David Allen Grier, as a blind barfly. Woodbine holds his own too, where he's always been an impressive acting talent, from his start in Jason's Lyric. His violent and threatening air to his character was just right, and made it's point. It's some of his best work. What goes on in this house, as from Point Break's Petty's personal biography, is certainly arresting. We even see a flash shot of a very young girl, getting groomed for prostitution, from JL's POV, watching outside. It's an eye opening movie indeed, and first time director, Petty, has brought something special here, in a poignant film that grabs you from end to finish. Definitely one for JL fans, to see how she started off. It's the acting which really makes it work, and again those JL kissing scenes, mmmmmmnnn.


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