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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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Bee (as Sophia Bairley)
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Duval
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Cammie (as Chloe Grace Moretz)
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Sheila
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Earl
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Lucas Ellman ...
Clyde Junior
Kymberly Mellen ...
Sheila's Mom (as Kimberly Mellen)
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Clyde Senior
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Jayce Ryan ...
Daniel
Kirsten Mose ...
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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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David Alan Grier only worked for two days as an actor in this film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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[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.
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Features Days of Our Lives (1965) See more »

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You're The Man
Written by Michael Godfrey
Performed by Stockholm Syndrome
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unfocused harrowing biopic
3 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

It's one day in 1976 Council Bluffs, Iowa. Agnes (Jennifer Lawrence) is a 14 year old living in a dysfunctional house. Her family escaped her abusive preacher father. Her sister Bee hopes to get into a foster home. Her youngest sister Cammie (Chloë Grace Moretz) sleeps at a friend's and spends her day at a bar with drunk Stymie (David Alan Grier). Her mother Sarah (Selma Blair) has fallen into prostitution and drug-abuse. She considers her mother's pimp Duval (Bokeem Woodbine) as her boyfriend. The house is a gathering place for criminals to play poker and known locally as the Poker House.

Director Lori Petty brings her personal story to the screen. It's a harrowing story. It needs an expert to focus the story onto Agnes. It's a bit scattered. It's got some great young future stars and has great potential. JLaw does some big acting. She is always compelling. Petty really needs a professional writer to focus this material more.


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