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Lay the Favorite (2012)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 22 June 2012 (UK)
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Ex-private dancer Beth aspires to be a Las Vegas cocktail waitress, when she falls in with Dink, a sports gambler. Sparks fly as she proves to be something of a gambling prodigy--much to the ire of Dink's wife, Tulip.

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Magic
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Scott (as Wayne Péré)
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Beth, who lap dances to make ends meet, leaves Florida for Las Vegas hoping to be a cocktail waitress. She meets two women who introduce her to Dink, a gambler with a system. He hires her - she's good with numbers - and she promptly falls for him, even though he's married to a woman who seems to do nothing but spend his money. Beth tries to entice Dink whose wife, Tulip, tells him to choose; he does and promptly goes on a losing streak. The repercussions of his choice play out with a heavy gambler who has a parole officer, a cheesy bookmaker in Curaçao, Beth's desire to keep a friend out of prison, and help from an unlikely source. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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How far can a losing shot take you?

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Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content, brief drug use, and nudity | See all certifications »

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$26,350,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,998 (USA) (7 December 2012)

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$20,998 (USA) (7 December 2012)
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During the televised basketball game in the closing minutes of the film, the storyline is that the game is down to no time left on the clock, and the NJ player, Reedmore, has the chance to make 2 foul shots to beat LA. When the baseline camera focuses on the player's face, though, the time clock over the hoop at the other end of the court is visible, and the clock plainly reads 6:40 left in the game. See more »

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Dink Heimowitz: ...you don't take the favorite, you lay the favorite.
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Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: Review of 2012 (2013) See more »

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Unskinny Bop
Written by C.C. Deville (as Johannesson), Bobby Dall (as Kuykendall), Bret Michaels (as Sychak), Rikki Rockett (as Ream)
Performed by Poison
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Cut your losses
23 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Beth Raymer (Rebecca Hall) leaves her exotic dancing job at a Florida strip club to become a cocktail waitress in Las Vegas. Her ditzy personality looks like its not going to giver her too many breaks until she meets Dink (Bruce Willis) an underground sports bookie.

He sees through her bubbly exterior and discovers that she has a good mind for numbers and she places illegal bets all over the town. Dink regards her as a good luck charm but his wife (Catherine Zeta Jones) becomes jealous. Dink fires her and she goes to New York to work for a rival underground bookie who is being hunted down by the law.

The film is based on a true story but its poorly told. It spirals downwards as you increasingly lose interest in a largely predictable plot. Rebecca Hall looks rather old to be playing the lead and although she is energetic her quirks tend to be off putting. Willis and Zeta Jones do not fare any better. Vince Vaughn has a small and thankless role and only Joshua Jackson comes off best.

Its a light tale that is neither funny, satirical or even show the thrill of sports book gambling. It does not amount to much despite the star wattage and a usually reliable director.


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