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The Poker House (2008)

R | | Drama | 2008 (USA)
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A dramatization of Lori Petty's teenage years spent in small town Iowa.

Director:

Lori Petty

Writers:

Lori Petty (screenplay), David Alan Grier (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Lawrence ... Agnes
Javon Johnson ... 1st 'John'
Sophi Bairley ... Bee (as Sophia Bairley)
Bokeem Woodbine ... Duval
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Cammie (as Chloe Grace Moretz)
Casey Tutton ... Sheila
Matthew Gerdisch ... Earl
Robert Gerdisch ... Burl
Lucas Ellman Lucas Ellman ... Clyde Junior
Kymberly Mellen Kymberly Mellen ... Sheila's Mom (as Kimberly Mellen)
Andrew Rothenberg ... Clyde Senior
Danielle Campbell ... Darla
Selma Blair ... Sarah
Jayce Ryan Jayce Ryan ... Daniel
Kirsten Mose Kirsten Mose ... Young Agnes
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A dramatization of Lori Petty's teenage years spent in small town Iowa.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Lust, drugs and violence... no place for a kid. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, and disturbing content involving a minor including rape, sexual content and drug/alcohol abuse | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa de Jogos See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Poker House See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The interior and exterior of the poker house were two separate locations. See more »

Goofs

When Agnes walks into the building to play her basketball game, the camera and operator are visible in the glass doors through which she enters. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
1st 'John': [seeing her come in] Ah...
Agnes: [narrating] I race the sun home in the morning, and the moon up at night. There's just today, and then there's tonight. Anything can happen, then anything does. You get through it.
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First Train
Written by Michael Lloyd
Courtesy of Michael Music
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Felt a bit all over the place at times, not a terrible movie though
8 February 2011 | by KineticSeoulSee all my reviews

This is one of the story in the life of Lori Petty, and I never knew how much of a difficult childhood she had. It's basically a depressing and yet well acted and well made movie to some degree about girls struggles. Mainly because of a bad mother and not a very good environment to be growing up in. Now the negative aspect of this movie is that, it seemed to drag in a lot of scenes. In fact some of the scenes actually seemed quite pointless. Basically the plot is about a tough girl who is also smart, but don't always make the right decision having to take care of her sisters as well as overcome her struggles with the environment. The plot seemed all over the place at times and got boring during sometimes as well. This is not a near perfect movie but it isn't as terrible as some people claim it to be. The ending was okay though.

6/10


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