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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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Darren
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Customer
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Jerry
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Manager
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Magic
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Darcy
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Frankie
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Scott (as Wayne Péré)
Adam Kozlowski ...
Rio Gambler 1
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Old Gambler
Thom Sesma ...
Young Guy
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Rio Gambler 2
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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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Budget:

$26,350,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$20,998 (USA) (7 December 2012)
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Dink wears a T-shirt for the Little Brown Jug, a harness race for standardbreds held each year at the Delaware County Fair in Delaware, Ohio. Ohio State athletics are featured prominently several times, and Beth references a period of time she spent in Ohio. See more »

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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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Take Me Out to the Ball Game
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What to Expect: Lay the Favorite
7 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Why You Might Like It: There are plenty of notable faces (Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vince Vaughn, Joshua Jackson) in the movie that might attract some viewers to give it a shot. The truth is Rebecca Hall does a real nice job in the lead role playing a naive and ditzy stripper turned bookie, while the supporting cast are just okay for the most part. It is based on a true story, so the plot is decent enough to keep most viewers entertained. An okay watch for a slow afternoon or evening.

Why You Might Not Like It: Again, the acting for the most part is average and not anything special although the cast would suggest otherwise. The movie is noticeably low budget in a number of spots, which might be a bit of turn off for some. Unfortunately, this movie is likely confusing for those who don't gamble and a joke for those who are more familiar with gambling. With some better research into the gambling side of things and a bigger budget, this could have been a little bit better film.

Acting/Casting: 6*

Directing/Cinematography/Technical: 5*

Plot/Characters: 5*

Entertainment Value: 6*

Total - 6+5+5+6 = 22/4 = 5.5*


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