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Lay the Favorite (2012)

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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.



(screenplay), (memoir)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Earl Maddox ...
Scott (as Wayne Péré)
Adam Kozlowski ...
Rio Gambler 1
Old Gambler
Thom Sesma ...
Young Guy
Rio Gambler 2


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?


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

22 June 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Doble o nada  »

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Box Office


$26,350,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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7 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

If I hadn't seen Rebecca Hall in any other movie I guess I wouldn't have been amazed by the transformation or her performance in general in this movie. You really buy her ... let's call it naive nature, she puts on display here. Bruce Willis is pretty passive, which works in a way, but not throughout. Joshua and Catherine are not used in the best way possible, but the main focus is on Rebecca so that can be forgiven.

Story-wise, there is not that much exciting or new happening, the jokes are not always working, but the movie has a low budget charm to it (if you can accept that and not look at it as a star vehicle movie with a big budget). It's a nice little movie, that has more potential than it shows on screen.

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