Just what it says on the tin: a rough ranking of 2012 commercial film releases in the US (market for…
Lay the Favorite
How far can a losing shot take you?
A former stripper's (Rebecca Hall) talent with numbers lands her a job with a professional gambler (Bruce Willis) who runs a sports book in Las Vegas.
The ambiguity of the title just cracks me up. Saves the porn industry a lot of time and effort to come up with a parody.
The awful quality of this film is anything but ambiguous. I'm struggling to find any redeeming features and the only one I can come up with is that at some point it actually ended.
Everyone involved should know better.
I had to see what kind of a film grosses $20,000 that had a $20 million budget. Now I have.
A comedy of little consequence with an A-list cast, "Lay the Favorite" follows Rebecca Hall's protagonist into the world of mostly legal gambling where she finds Bruce Willis's numbers man, romance, and moral lessons. The cast is solid, though Hall's baby voice is grating, and there is enough story to make things watchable. The small-scale comedy produces a few laughs but lacks the color or energy to make it stand out. This is a nearly average experience buoyed by the presence of its charismatic stars.
Sheesh this was bad. Not the type of bad that forces you to have to turn it off half way through, just the type of bad that makes you wish you had.
Catherine Zeta Jones does bitchy wife, Hall does ditzy sexy but intelligent brunette, Jackson does Pacey, Vaughn does overacting, Willis shouts at a TV, throws something, apologises, repeats.
Recommended?: for the first 5 minutes of Rebecca Hall looking sexy, then turn it off.
Review from Next Projection
I had occasion just recently to see Walter, one of many TV movies that formed the earliest phase of Stephen Frear’s directorial career. Like so many such productions, it’s a film restricted by its form and financing, yet such is the calibre of the performance Frears gets from Ian McKellen as the learning disability-afflicted eponym and the intensity of the emotion he manages to summon in his harsh critique of social misunderstanding and mistreatment that it easily overcomes its limitations. Walter, above all else, has extraordinary heart, a profound and justified belief in the importance of its own themes. It’s this passion that has often come to distinguish Frears’ work, from…
The opening title of Stephen Frears’ gambling comedy, Lay the Favourite proudly proclaims: “As luck would have it, this story is true”. That five second moment of pre-game relief is as far as your luck will stretch with this one though, as it’s a light-hearted, but truly mystifying jaunt down a cul-de-sac of comprehensibility.
Beth (Rebecca Hall) is sassy and funny and an ex-stripper; she wears really tight little shorts and she’s heading to Las Vegas to seek her fame and fortune, and she’s great with numbers!
Dink (Bruce Willis) is a professional gambler; he wears some big socks and shouts at television screens all day. He makes money somehow doing something with lines and odds and professional sports, and…
How can you have Bruce Willis and Catherine Zeta-Jones in a movie, and not a bad director like Stephen Frears, and still make something which simply SUCKS! Based on Beth Raymer's memoir of the same title, the film follows a young, free-spirited woman as she journeys through the legal and illegal world of sports gambling.
Beth Raymer (Hall) decides to leave behind her life as a stripper in Florida and moves to Las Vegas to become a cocktail waitress in a glitzy casino - her dream job. But, it is easier said than done and she starts working instead for Dink (Willis), a kind and idiosyncratic sports gambler. Dink starts admiring her when she shows him how good she is…
This. Was. Awful.
Small town girl, with small aspirations lands herself a job in the world of gambling. only thing not small was the money she made. Not much story or likable main character this true story was based on.
Really cute but completely insubstantial comedy from Stephen Frears.
Good cast and nice locations add flavor.
Pretty silly comedy that is bizarrely based on a true story is one of the lesser but still enjoyable films from Frears.
Ein Film so langweilig, dass einem die Füße einschlafen.
Let me take a guess. Extortion was involved. I can think of no other reason why six years after being nominated for the Oscar for Best Director, director Stephen Frears would get involved in what should have been a perfectly nice but forgettable indie movie. The same must be true of Willis, who sandwiched this between his two Expendables films, and Hall, who must have felt she needed some camera time in preparation for her role in Iron Man 3. I can only imagine that Vaughn and Zeta-Jones were bored with nothing to do. In all, over $28 million was spent in production … mostly salaries I suppose, because the camerawork, sets and editing sure didn’t get much budget. In…
Movie starts with some Poison jamming.in the background to a sex Hall shaking it in her underwear. Movie that follows was okay.
It was fun to see Hall, who is mostly adorable, get into this business with beating, but once she goes out on her own, the film just seems to run out of steam for the final third.
While the cast has some big names, only Willis and Vaughn stand out. Jones and Jackson are as blah as you can get. Prepon shows her boobs, but is pretty awful otherwise.
Maybe gamblers would find more to love in this film.
Cannot even believe that Stephen Frears name is attached to this horrid, inept piece of pointless filmmaking. It's as if 3 days into filming he, and this clearly regretful A list cast, knew they had a complete turkey on their hands so they rushed through it to get the miserable experience over with.
Be sure to turn off before the credits play when an odd looking Zeta-Jones begins dancing to what sounds like Ernest goes to camp music. You can't un-see it.
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