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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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mike Post composed the score as a favor to Lori Petty. See more »

Goofs

During the basketball game, Agnes' coach was allowed to call a timeout when her team was not in possession of the basketball. 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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Soundtracks

Just To Be With You
Written by Michael Lloyd and Greg O'Connor
Produced by Michael Lloyd (uncredited), Greg O'Connor (uncredited)
Courtesy of Michael Music, Curb Songs and Music by Greg
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unfocused harrowing biopic
3 February 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's one day in 1976 Council Bluffs, Iowa. Agnes (Jennifer Lawrence) is a 14 year old living in a dysfunctional house. Her family escaped her abusive preacher father. Her sister Bee hopes to get into a foster home. Her youngest sister Cammie (Chloë Grace Moretz) sleeps at a friend's and spends her day at a bar with drunk Stymie (David Alan Grier). Her mother Sarah (Selma Blair) has fallen into prostitution and drug-abuse. She considers her mother's pimp Duval (Bokeem Woodbine) as her boyfriend. The house is a gathering place for criminals to play poker and known locally as the Poker House.

Director Lori Petty brings her personal story to the screen. It's a harrowing story. It needs an expert to focus the story onto Agnes. It's a bit scattered. It's got some great young future stars and has great potential. JLaw does some big acting. She is always compelling. Petty really needs a professional writer to focus this material more.


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