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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.

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writers:

D.V. DeVincentis (screenplay), Beth Raymer (memoir)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Hall ... Beth
Joel Murray ... Darren
Hugo Armstrong ... Customer
Corbin Bernsen ... Jerry
Earl Maddox 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 Adam Kozlowski ... Rio Gambler 1
Al Brown ... Old Gambler
Thom Sesma ... Young Guy
Rusty Meyers ... Rio Gambler 2
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Storyline

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?

Genres:

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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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA | UK | France

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 June 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady Vegas See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,350,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,998, 9 December 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,998, 9 December 2012
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dink wears a t-shirt for the Little Brown Jug, a harness race for standardbreds held each year at the Delaware County Fair in Delaware, Ohio. Ohio State athletics are featured prominently several times, and Beth references a period of time she spent in Ohio. See more »

Goofs

At the end when Reedmore is at the foul line there is supposedly no time left on the clock (according to a graphic put up in the movie) yet there are players standing on either side of the lane. If there really was no time left on the clock the players would be at their benches since there would be no need to get a possible rebound. See more »

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Customer: You should be scared. It's a healthy reaction to a big ass gun like that.
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Featured in Projector: Lay the Favorite (2012) See more »

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Tried to turn an unbelievable true story into a fun ride but forgot about the stupidity
19 May 2013 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

"Lay the Favorite" has many dissenters, most complaining that it's completely unbelievable. It's true, it is. Beth (Rebecca Hall) is a ditzy bimbo who quits her job as a stripper and moves to Las Vegas to become a cocktail waitress. A great idea! Instead, as soon as she arrives, she gets a very lucrative job as a sports bettor for a bookie who isn't a bookie since bookmaking is illegal. She's a genius with numbers and words.

She's also capable of getting guys to do whatever they think she wants. They need to do the thinking since she's too dumb to even know what she wants. The kicker to this story of an over-sexed, ditzy bimbo, numbers genius, sports-betting millionaire, is that it's a true story. I decided to watch the YouTube video of the real Beth Raymer reading from her memoir which this film is based on to see if Hall accurately captured her varying characteristics. And she did. She does the hair twirl and the dumb girl giggle as she describes the kings of sports gambling giving her job after job after job.

I'm one of the few who liked Rebecca Hall in this. So different from her usual indie fare. She has to ooze sex and play beautiful even though she has never really been described that way before. But in order to like this movie at all, you need to care about this floozy. Other than her ridiculous free ride through life, nothing really interesting happens to her.

Her first job in Vegas is with Dink (Bruce Willis) who owns Dink Inc. She loves him, he loves her … mind? Yeah, right. Apparently he does. So when she gets herself in trouble along with a nice, smart successful guy (Joshua Jackson) who doesn't seem to mind throwing his life away for her, he comes to the rescue.

Personally, I found Hall's sexy naiveté and Willis' extreme gambling entertaining enough to keep watching. However, the movie doesn't seem to play the unfortunate reality that this is a true story for laughs. When there's a story too unbelievable to be true then you should be making fun of everybody who allowed it to occur, instead the film just wanted the audience to go along for a fun ride. It is somewhat fun, it's also very unbelievable, and ultimately, pretty stupid.

Who Might Like This: Anybody who likes seeing ditzy bimbos succeed in life; people who like watching unbelievably true stories; fans of Rebecca Hall.


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