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Lay the Favorite -- Bruce Willis and Vince Vaughn star in this touching comedy about a Las Vegas gambler who hires a stripper-with-a-heart-of-gold as his good luck charm but ends up on the wrong side of the law after she falls into the arms of a rival bookie.
Lay the Favorite -- Beth, a Las Vegas cocktail waitress, falls in Dink, a sports gambler who swoons for her as she proves to be something of a gambling prodigy, earning the initial ire of Dink's wife, Tulip.
Lay the Favorite -- A clip from Lay the Favorite, as story centered on a woman who becomes involved with a group of geeky fiftyish men who have found a way to work the sportsbook system in Las Vegas to their advantage.
Lay the Favorite -- A comedy centered on Beth, a former stripper who becomes a gambler's assistant in Las Vegas before a risky bet causes her to flee for a bookie with operations in New York City and Curacao.


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D.V. DeVincentis (screenplay)
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How far can a losing shot take you?
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Rebecca Hall ... Beth

Joel Murray ... Darren

Hugo Armstrong ... Customer

Corbin Bernsen ... Jerry
Earl Maddox ... Manager

Rio Hackford ... Magic

Jo Newman ... Darcy

Laura Prepon ... Holly

Bruce Willis ... Dink Heimowitz

Frank Grillo ... Frankie

Wayne Pére ... Scott (as Wayne Péré)
Adam Kozlowski ... Rio Gambler 1

Al Brown ... Old Gambler
Thom Sesma ... Young Guy

Rusty Meyers ... Rio Gambler 2

Wendell Pierce ... Dave the Rave
John J. Mourain ... Herbie Plane Crash (as John Mourain)

Ritchie Montgomery ... Jackie

René J.F. Piazza ... Fat Guy (as Rene J.F. Piazza)

Vince Vaughn ... Rosie

Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Tulip

Joshua Jackson ... Jeremy

Adruitha Lee ... Cashier
Tracy Miller ... Guy
Matthew Pebler ... Angelo (as Matt Pebler)
Jerome Katz ... Some Guy

John Carroll Lynch ... Dave Greenberg (as John Caroll Lynch)

Ambyr Childers ... Receptionist

Rob Steinberg ... Doctor

Lara Grice ... Waitress
William Sabourin ... ASAP Crew
Alexey Marti ... ASAP Crew
Lázaro R. Gutiérrez ... ASAP Crew
Dominique DuVernay ... Curacao Hooker

Darcel White Moreno ... Curacao Hooker
Deven May ... Bah Bah
John Salvatore ... Gids

Andrea Frankle ... Marcia Greenberg
Yolanda Windsay ... Singer
Robert Hoerner ... Back Up Singer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rachel Acuna ... Restaurant Customer (uncredited)

John L. Armijo ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Joseph Blackstone ... Bar Guest (uncredited)
Nic Christie ... Casino Patron (uncredited)

Valencia Christina ... Hair Stylist (uncredited)
Edward J. Clare ... Gambler (uncredited)
Haylie Creppel ... Marcia's Daughter (uncredited)

Dee Cutrone ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Julie Ann Doan ... New York Pedestrian (uncredited)

Amanda Franchini ... Sports Book Gambler (uncredited)
Emily D. Haley ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Gene Kevin Hames Jr. ... Plainclothes Detective #1 (uncredited)
Karen Henning ... Cocktail Waitress (uncredited)

Tenaj L. Jackson ... Curacao Girl (uncredited)
Kristal Kincaid ... Blonde at Bar (uncredited)
John C. Klein ... Sushi Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Gerard 'Jerry' Lewis ... Basketball Player (uncredited)

Juliet Reeves London ... Bartender (uncredited)
Avon Maser ... Motel Resident (uncredited)
Valentino Moralez ... Sports Better (uncredited)

Jay Oliver ... House Guest (uncredited)
B.J. Parker ... Casino Security Guard (uncredited)

Frank Parrillo ... Sportsbook Gambler (uncredited)
Bob Pepper ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Roy C. Peterson ... Horse Player (uncredited)
Regina Prokop ... Sportsbook Gambler (uncredited)

Rachael Riegert ... Cocktail Waitress (uncredited)
Johnny Santiago ... Beachside Bar Patron (uncredited)
Rocky Self ... Thug (uncredited)

Lindsey G. Smith ... Curacao Girl (uncredited)
Errol Suleyman ... Bet Taker (uncredited)
Darren Sumner ... Limo Driver (uncredited)
Michelle Torres ... Club Patron (uncredited)

David M. Tran ... Caesar's Gambler (uncredited)

Chekesha Van Putten ... Casino Girl (uncredited)
Glen Warner ... Casino Gambler (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Frears 
Writing credits
D.V. DeVincentis (screenplay)

Beth Raymer (memoir)

Produced by
Brandt Andersen .... executive producer
Anthony Bregman .... producer
Michael Corso .... executive producer
D.V. DeVincentis .... producer
Randall Emmett .... producer
George Furla .... producer
Peter Gethers .... executive producer
James Gibb .... executive producer
Brandon Grimes .... executive producer
Anthony Gudas .... executive producer
Peter Hampden .... executive producer
Curtis Jackson .... executive producer
Richard Jackson .... executive producer
Vincent Maraval .... executive producer
Agnès Mentre .... executive producer
Alex G. Scott .... associate producer
James W. Skotchdopole .... executive producer
Paul Trijbits .... producer
Original Music by
James Seymour Brett 
Cinematography by
Michael McDonough 
Film Editing by
Mick Audsley 
Casting by
Victoria Thomas 
Production Design by
Dan Davis 
Art Direction by
Erik Polczwartek 
Set Decoration by
Michelle Schluter-Ford 
Costume Design by
Christopher Peterson 
Makeup Department
Samantha M. Capps .... makeup artist
Hayley Farrington .... hair stylist
Adruitha Lee .... department head hair
Darryl Lucas .... key makeup artist
Sabine Roller .... key makeup artist: Las Vegas
Cindy J. Williams .... makeup department head
Production Management
Charlotte Ashby .... production manager: additional photography
Jeanette Haley .... post-production supervisor
Len Murach .... unit production manager: New York
Haley Sweet .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jason Altieri .... second second assistant director
Scott Bowers .... second second assistant director: New York
David Fischer .... second assistant director: New York
Liam Lock .... third assistant director
Steve Lonano .... second assistant director
Jesse Nye .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jill Alexander .... property master: New York
Jason Chaffin .... propmaker
Abariss Culjak .... assistant property master: New York
Isaac Gabaeff .... on-set dresser: New York unit
Stephanie Hilton .... art department pa (as Stephanie Heine)
Bradford Johnson .... set dresser
Ellen Lampl .... graphic designer
Jessica Lee .... art department coordinator
Stephen P. Noell .... assistant property master
John Profant .... construction coordinator: Las Vegas
Craig Serody .... set dresser
Chere Theriot .... set decoration buyer
Franz Wise .... assistant property master
Markus Wittman .... leadman
Brook Yeaton .... property master
Sound Department
Richard Addis .... sound mix technician
Courtney Bishop .... adr recordist
Adam Blantz .... boom operator
Scott Brewster .... LAS ADR recordist
Juan Cisneros .... utility sound technician
Jennie Evans .... adr supervisor
Robert Farr .... sound re-recording mixer
Rob Hughes .... adr mixer
Robert Karlsson .... Dolby consultant
Brad Lokey .... second boom operator / sound utility
Christer Melén .... sound effects editor
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Ulf Olausson .... foley artist
Johnathan Rush .... sound mix technician
Tom Ryan .... adr mixer
James Shannon .... dolby sound consultant
Dirk Stout .... second boom operator
Joakim Sundström .... supervising sound editor
Billy Theriot .... adr mixer
David Turner .... sound facility director
Mark Ulano .... production sound mixer
Justin Van Hout .... assistant adr recordist
Von Varga .... additional production sound mixer
Special Effects by
Donnie Dean .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Pani Ahmadi-Moore .... vfx editor
Kenneth Armstrong .... graphic designer: Comen VFX
Luke Butler .... digital compositor
Naomi Butler .... digital compositor
Tim Carras .... consulting visual effects supervisor
James Clarke .... digital intermediate supervisor
Tom Collier .... digital compositor
Joshua D. Comen .... consulting visual effects producer
Brandon Criswell .... compositor: Comen VFX
Brian Cuartero .... compositor: Comen VFX
Stefan Drury .... head of visual effects
James Elster .... digital compositor
Sean Farrow .... visual effects supervisor
Scott Goulding .... online editor
Elysia Greening .... digital compositor
Sylvia Kim .... visual effects coordinator: Comen VFX
David Lloyd .... senior systems engineer
Philippe Ludivig .... digital compositor
Abigail McKenzie .... digital lab operator
Dylan Owen .... digital compositor (as Dylan Wyn Owen)
Jane Paton .... digital compositor
Antonio Rodríguez Díaz .... digital compositor
Katie Roehrick .... visual effects coordinator
Daniel Spain .... systems engineer
Lucy Tanner .... visual effects coordinator
Daniel Tomlinson .... senior DI operator
Elinor Villaflor .... accounting: Comen VFX
Thomas Waddington .... digital lab operator
Michael A. Rizza .... precision driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Maxwell Beard .... grip
Tony Bendt .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Jarrid Clinkinbeard .... rigging gaffer
Roy Farthing III .... electrician
Nicky Fuchs .... camera production assistant
Gonzalo Gonzalez .... best boy electric
Ryan Heide .... additional digital imaging technician
Charles 'Tom' Hinson .... key grip
John C. Hoffler Jr. .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Zachary Holmes .... video playback
Stan Hoyt .... grip
Stan Hoyt .... rigging grip
Michael D. Kennedy .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Hai Le .... camera production assistant
Frank Masi .... still photographer
John J. Moers .... documentary cameraman
Nick Nicolay .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Allen Parks .... gaffer
Matthew Pebler .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Alan Pierce .... camera operator: "b" camera
Alan Pierce .... director of photography: second unit
Eric Pool .... rigging key
Craig Pressgrove .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Brian Quebedeaux .... grip
Lewis Rothenberg .... digital imaging technician
Declan Ryan .... lighting technician
Gary Sauer .... key grip: Vegas
Jay Sheveck .... libra technician
Mike Silverberg .... electrician
Sean Souza .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, New York
Michael Stumpf .... Steadicam operator
Michael Stumpf .... camera operator: "a" camera
Joe Sökmen .... grip
Reuben Wilder .... generator operator
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting
Elizabeth Coulon .... casting director: louisiana
Ryan Glorioso .... casting director: louisiana
Bonnie Grisan .... casting associate
Andrew Hadzopoulos .... casting assistant
Charlene Lee .... casting assistant
Nicah Lowry Nossaman .... casting assistant
Wendy Talazac .... extras casting director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donna Chance .... key set costumer
Josalene Ginn .... costumer
Vanessa Lacy .... costume assistant
Meagan McLaughlin .... costume supervisor
Lauren Wade .... assistant costume designer (as Lauren Bott)
Lauren Wade .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Rob Ackerman .... technical assistance
Pani Ahmadi-Moore .... first assistant editor
Tim Arnold .... stock footage coordinator
Dan Bentham .... post producer: Lip Sync Post
Ritchie Ferguson .... technical assistance
Stuart Fyvie .... digital colourist
Matt Garner .... additional editor
Samantha Brockhausen Herrmann .... editorial intern
Scott Macbeth .... technical assistance
Mathieu Reid .... color timer
Lucy Seaborne .... on-line editor
Diana Vasquez .... assistant colourist
Rick White .... head of vt
Michael Alexander Winter .... delivery coordinator (as Michael Winter)
Music Department
John Barrett .... assistant score mixing engineer
Karen Elliott .... music supervisor
David William Hearn .... music arranger
David William Hearn .... musician: guitars
Adam Langston .... orchestrator
Tony Lewis .... composer: stock music
Tony Lewis .... music editor
Jeremy Pleasant .... song producer
Graham Sutton .... music editor
Transportation Department
Donald Burdett .... transportation captain
Robin Collura .... driver
Travis Hux .... driver
Travis Hux .... driver: cast
Danny Mortenson .... transportation coordinator
David G. Todd .... transportation
Steven Willhoite .... production van driver operator
Doug Wilson .... picture car coordinator
Vevi Wilson .... driver: cast
Daniel Woodcock .... driver
Other crew
Amy Murphy Anderson .... location assistant: las vegas (as Amy R. Murphy)
Joaquin Aragon .... production assistant
Gavin Atilano .... production secretary
Angad Aulakh .... production staff
Steve Berman .... completion bond
Samantha Bonilla .... travel coordinator
Will Bourne .... location assistant
Kara Bowman .... set medic
Janice Brabaw .... payroll assistant
J. Scott Brower .... key locations assistant
Robert C. Campion .... production accountant
Cecilia Carcamo .... stand-in
Grant Case .... stand-in: Joshua Jackson
Andrew Cavaness .... location assistant
Amy Chaffee .... dialect consultant
Bobbi Colorado .... head animal coordinator
Eleri Coulten .... assistant location manager: reshoots
Lauren Cozzens .... production secretary: New York
Joshua Davis .... assistant: Mr. Trijbits
Lex Donovan .... production assistant
Stephen J. Eads .... associate
Jacqueline Eckhouse .... production legal
Blake M. Farmer .... location assistant
Kerry Fezza .... standin
Lily Virginia Filson .... stand-in: Laura Prepon
Lanette Fugit .... stand-in: Jo Newman
Marti Glaser .... location scout
Damon Michael Gordon .... location manager: New York Unit
Tamara Harel-Cohen .... assistant to mr. frears and mr. devincentis
Ryan Hart .... production assistant
Kimberly Hayes .... production coordinator: Las Vegas unit
Shelley Hinson .... key craft service (as Shelley Hatch)
Nancy Honeycutt .... production coordinator
Ryan Robert Howard .... production assistant: new york unit
Iran Kuykendall .... key set production assistant
Hai Le .... production assistant
Kathleen Lynch .... key craft service
Sean Lynn .... chef
Shane McGoey .... production assistant
Gina Meredith .... medic
Pat Mong .... production assistant (as Patrick Mong)
Richard Morrison .... titles designer
Brian Fountain Murray .... unit production assistant: New York
Ian D. Navran .... assistant production coordinator
Patricia Nelkin .... assistant location manager
Phillip Noorani .... assistant to producer
Kory O'Donnell .... production coordinator: New York
Maureen O'Reilly .... payroll accountant
Mary Anne Olinsky .... production assistant
Jay Osterman .... assistant to producer (as Jay William Osterman)
Kyle Otterstein .... office production assistant
Christopher L. Perez .... clearance counsel
James Andrew Quioan .... production assistant
Daniel Rbibo .... insurance services
Christine Craft Regusa .... stand-in for andrea frankle
Mike Reiersen .... production assistant: New York
Melissa Rosal .... production assistant
Amy Sanderson .... script supervisor
Karen Segall .... production legal
M. Gerard Sellers .... location manager
Peter J. Silbermann .... unit publicist
Brian Sturgulewski .... assistant: Mr. Vaughn
Timothy C. Sullivan .... executive in charge of development
Kimberly Toney .... accounting clerk
Sophie Vickers .... production executive
Dean Wares .... main title type designer
Ben Weintraub .... assistant: Mr. Bregman (as Benjamin Weintraub)
John T. Wilson Jr. .... photo double: Bruce Willis
Michele Wright .... first assistant accountant
Kenneth Yu .... office production assistant
Brahim Chioua .... special thanks
Alexandre Desplat .... special thanks
Justin Holecek .... in loving memory of
Nick Hornby .... special thanks
Amanda Posey .... special thanks
Laura Ziskin .... for

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Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content, brief drug use, and nudity
94 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 (DVD rating) | Australia:MA15+ | Germany:12 (f) | Ireland:15A | Netherlands:9 | Singapore:NC-16 (cut) | South Korea:18 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R

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54 out of 83 people found the following review useful.
Don't bet on it..., 26 June 2012
Author: a_bum_whichiswhatiam from Ireland

Until a friend suggested going to see this movie, I hadn't even heard of it, and other than what I gathered from skimming the synopsis in the cinema-foyer listings-leaflet -it seemed to be some kind of comedy, and starred Bruce Willis as a gambler-, I wasn't sure what it was about.

And now, after sitting through all ninety-four incoherent, enervating minutes of it, I'm still not sure. One of my friends, who is usually uncritical and easily entertained, said he thought that "The Tree of Life" made more sense than this film.

Unlike Terrence Malick's "metaphysical masterpiece" however, there is no confusion here as to what the subject matter is (it's the life of professional gamblers), what is confusing is how that subject matter is presented, and how the narrative is (or isn't) constructed around it. For example, what was the intended tone of the movie, what was the film-maker trying to convey? Was it supposed to be amusing? entertaining? or moving? were we supposed to be excited, or to feel intellectually stimulated? Who knows. My main emotional reaction to the film was a kind of repulsion, because I felt like I was being exploited, like the film was insulting my intelligence and my basic humanity. Like I might expect to feel if I'd been suckered into spending an evening feeding coins to a slot machine.

The first 10 minutes were slightly amusing to be fair, but after that that it just descends into complete mind-numbing absurdity. You might think Vince Vaughn would offer some comic-relief but, for the brief appearances he makes, he's just going through the motions (though it's still the most convincing and consistent performance of the movie).

There was no tension, or intrigue, at all, for the first seventy minutes. I mean nothing seems to really matter to any of the characters, they behave so unrealistically, and incoherently. And when things finally seem to get real and there is some adversity for the characters to face, you just don't care because you can't feel sympathy for such pantomime puppets as these.

They could have gone more into the details, the mechanics, of the gambling operation, that might have been interesting, but they thought it would be better to pad the story out with completely vapid romantic-interest scenes.

Maybe, with the attraction of Willis, Zeta-Jones, Vaughn, (and Rebecca Hall's legs), it was thought that such things as humour, narrative direction, consistency and pacing, character development, etc., were unnecessary.

After seeing the movie, I learned that it was adapted from a book, that at least goes some way towards explaining why there were so many undeveloped, seemingly irrelevant details, obviously included for the sake of those that have read it. For example, Holly (Laura Pripon's character) keeps warning Beth that she is becoming "one of us", in the book there might be context for this but when you watch the film you're just like "what is this I don't even...."

But, even for those that have read the book, maybe more-so, this film will only bemuse and bewilder. While I'm informed the book was written in a 'picaresque' -and no doubt droll (not to mention self-deprecating) style-, on screen, without the benefit of a narrator, this translates into characters, like Beth, who starts off as some kind of cartoon-airhead-bimbo-stripper, sunbathing with baby-oil on her back, ending up as an extraordinarily articulate, mathematical genius, who goes on to become a writer... Rebecca Hall was a bad choice.

And another thing, I couldn't help feeling that this film was not-too-subtly trying to indoctrinate me. Maybe I'm just paranoid but, beyond just the obvious product placements (nice Mercedes being driven by Bruce Willis' Mr. Nice character), it's like they're glamorizing the lifestyle, and completely glossing over any moral issues, and Beth just follows the money from Las Vegas to New York to Curaçao -are we supposed to admire that, to forget about community, and meaningful relationships, just go where the money is and keep working and consuming?-.

Whatever, I've wasted enough time on this drivel already, please heed my warning and don't waste yours.

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