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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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Cast

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Bee (as Sophia Bairley)
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Duval
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Sheila
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Earl
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Lucas Ellman ...
Clyde Junior
Kymberly Mellen ...
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Clyde Senior
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Sarah
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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A Casa de Jogos  »

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Trivia

Selma Blair's big soliloquy in the bathroom was done in just two takes. See more »

Goofs

The basketball game is a "five on five" game. High school girls played "six on six" basketball in Iowa until 1984. See more »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

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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Slow to get started, but fantastic acting holds it together
13 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Poker House is a dramatic independent film starring the young Jennifer Lawrence. As usual, Lawrence's performance was gripping. Personally, I liked The Poker House better than Lawrence's Oscar-nominated role in Winter's Bone, which was also nominated for Best Picture. The Poker House has a major drawback as the first half of the film is very slow and unrevealing story-wise, yet it managed to keep me intrigued. Then, it all turns around after the dramatic climax of the film. The scene, which stands out as one of Jennifer Lawrence's most chilling and petrifying performances, is immediately followed by what is perhaps one of the most beautifully crafted and spectacularly shot monologues I've ever seen, given by Selma Blair. While the timing seems odd, it is a powerful and emotional moment capitalized by the two actresses' talent. The remainder of the film continues to satisfy to its jaw-dropping conclusion. 6.9/10


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