24 user 12 critic

The Poker House (2008)

R | | Drama | 2008 (USA)
1:37 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

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



(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A drama with a two-tiered storyline concerning a mother and daughter who try to form a bond after the young woman's difficult childhood.

Director: Guillermo Arriaga
Stars: Charlize Theron, John Corbett, José María Yazpik
Garden Party (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

April (age 15) is running from one bad situation into another, hoping to find an answer that doesn't involve nudity, and falls in with a group of confused kids chasing their dreams. The black widow in the web is the sexy, pot-dealing Sally.

Director: Jason Freeland
Stars: Erik Smith, Tierra Abbott, Vinessa Shaw
Winter's Bone (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.

Director: Debra Granik
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

After moving with her mother to a small town, a teenager finds that an accident happened in the house at the end of the street. Things get more complicated when she befriends a boy who was the only survivor of the accident.

Director: Mark Tonderai
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

Kathryn Vale (Lena Olin) is a reclusive ex-movie star with a dark secret and a daughter hoping to follow in her mother's movie-star footsteps. When Kathryn attempts to make a career ... See full summary »

Director: James Oakley
Stars: Rosamund Pike, Lena Olin, Dean Winters
Serena I (2014)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton's timber empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena.

Director: Susanne Bier
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Ana Ularu
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A wrongfully-convicted man finds that even after he is proven innocent, there's other justice in the world besides the law, and when his daughter is abducted, he has no choice but to seek revenge.

Director: Kevin Lewis
Stars: Huntley Ritter, Jake Muxworthy, Charles S. Dutton
The Beaver (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A troubled husband and executive adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communicating.

Director: Jodie Foster
Stars: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin
Hick (2011)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A Nebraska teen gets more than she bargained for when she sets out for the bright lights of Las Vegas.

Director: Derick Martini
Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Blake Lively, Rory Culkin
Like Crazy (2011)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.

Director: Drake Doremus
Stars: Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Videocassette tape rental store owners fight against a religious fanatic group for the right to keep their controversial film on the shelves for sale.

Director: Ken Tipton
Stars: Carrie Armstrong, Conrad Bachmann, Priscilla Barnes
The Bill Engvall Show (2007–2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A story revolving around the life of therapist, Bill Pearson, and his family.

Stars: Bill Engvall, Nancy Travis, Jennifer Lawrence


Cast overview, first billed only:
1st 'John'
Bee (as Sophia Bairley)
Cammie (as Chloe Grace Moretz)
Lucas Ellman ...
Clyde Junior
Kymberly Mellen ...
Sheila's Mom (as Kimberly Mellen)
Clyde Senior
Jayce Ryan ...
Kirsten Mose ...
Young Agnes


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Odds Are Against Them See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Casa de Jogos  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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


The 45 record would not play properly without the adapter in the center hole. The record would slide around the turntable once the needle was placed on it and the music would become distorted and the speed of the music would vary - it would continue to speed up and slow down during the entire record. See more »


[first lines]
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.
See more »


First Train
Written by Michael Lloyd
Courtesy of Michael Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Impossibly Bad ckazenzakis
Mother with the knife scene scott-bergstrom
David Alan Grier's character? primrosemoon
The Writer's Background - Question brenda-gross-769-801996
From Iowa, This is set in Iowa but not filmed here.. ericbabe1987
Basketball stunt double titodiaz8907
Discuss The Poker House (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: