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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.

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Quotes

Customer: You should be scared. It's a healthy reaction to a big ass gun like that.
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Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: Review of 2012 (2013) See more »

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It Doesn't Matter Anymore
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What to Expect: Lay the Favorite
7 June 2014 | by ck10101980See all my reviews

Why You Might Like It: There are plenty of notable faces (Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vince Vaughn, Joshua Jackson) in the movie that might attract some viewers to give it a shot. The truth is Rebecca Hall does a real nice job in the lead role playing a naive and ditzy stripper turned bookie, while the supporting cast are just okay for the most part. It is based on a true story, so the plot is decent enough to keep most viewers entertained. An okay watch for a slow afternoon or evening.

Why You Might Not Like It: Again, the acting for the most part is average and not anything special although the cast would suggest otherwise. The movie is noticeably low budget in a number of spots, which might be a bit of turn off for some. Unfortunately, this movie is likely confusing for those who don't gamble and a joke for those who are more familiar with gambling. With some better research into the gambling side of things and a bigger budget, this could have been a little bit better film.

Acting/Casting: 6*

Directing/Cinematography/Technical: 5*

Plot/Characters: 5*

Entertainment Value: 6*

Total - 6+5+5+6 = 22/4 = 5.5*


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