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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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1.85 : 1
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User Reviews

This movie was awful.
5 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm generally a fan of comedies, and tend to prefer intelligent comedies to most dramas. Lay The Favorite wasn't funny, it wasn't entertaining and it felt so scattered that it was hard to follow any of the character's motivations. This felt like one of those movies where they just wanted to have a bunch of named stars so they could have fun on set. If the movie was allowed to be slightly slower or if they allowed the movie to be slightly longer it might have been able to gain footing but in it's current state by the time you've figured out why someone is doing something they're already four moves ahead of that. If you just want to see southern women depicted as ditsy sex objects and older men that wear Hawaiian shirts and gamble then this movie is for you.

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