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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.
Man, the shit I watch to see Rebecca Hall dressed in next to nothing.
I can just about forgive Hall - there's nothing wrong in wanting to break Hollywood and she performs ditzy comedy rather well in a role quite unlike the classy ladies and period drama heroines we're accustomed to seeing her as - but it's hard to comprehend that this is the same Stephen Frears behind the camera as the man who gave us, among others, My Beautiful Laundrette.
Hall is the best thing in it. The second best thing? Her arse.
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…
We rented this for Laura Prepon's nude scene, but it turned out to be a quirky indie film.
Stephen Frears has his fans, not least Martin Scorsese, but I've never got it. His earlier films that dealt with Big Issues just seemed heavy handed, his recent films have been inconsequential. Lay the Favorite is one of the latter, but not one of the most trivial: at least it doesn't have the gushing sentiment of some of his recent British films. And it's jolly enough and good natured enough, but it seems a little pointless. Lots of things happen, but they don't add up to much. It's a bit like an American version of Tamara Drewe - and I don't think that is a good thing to be.
Not the worst movie recommended by a friend
didn't teach me anything about betting but that it doesn't matter if you're catherine zeta-jones, your husband will cheat on you anyway with a younger woman
This film is so incredibly light in the loafers; a romantic comedy (I guess) that’s light on comedy and fast and loose with its alleged romance.
Rebecca Hall plays a naïve young woman who gives up her life as a lap dancer to head for the bright lights of Vegas – aspiring to be… a cocktail waitress (yep, aim low I always say). Once in Vegas she somehow magically gets hooked up with Dink (Bruce Willis) who hires her, not so much for her numerate acumen, but as some goofy kind of rabbits foot that, according to the script, gamblers have a sixth sense for. Things go great, and then not so great – blah, blah.
Of course Hall falls…
An entertaining and absolutely serviceable film. Hall is one of the best actresses working today and everyone in the film executes their roles really well. My interest in sports and gambling couldn't have hurt my enjoyment of this movie.
A great cast for a worthless script and story... more than anything else, it's especially sad seeing Rebecca Hall having a rare and much deserved lead role and playing it in such a mess...
É um filme menor de Frears, mas a atuação de Rebecca Hall me cativa. Também é um dos poucos filmes recentes, ao lado de Looper, no qual Bruce Willis não está interpretando John McClane.
Film based on a true story about a woman who changes her line of work, from private dancing to bookmaking.
Very poor film with a thin plot and no character development. The sort of film you might watch at the end of a long day, when you want something that won't make you think too much.
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