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Lay the Favorite (2012)

Lay the Favorite

Overview


Genre

Comedy

Release Date

December 07, 2012 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

94 min.

Production Budget

$20 millions

Studio

Radius-TWC

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  3 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Stephen Frears

Producer

Randall Emmett, Anthony Bregman, D.V. DeVincentis, Paul Trijbits

Screenwriter

D.V. DeVincentis

Starring

Story


Set in the wild, extremely funny and lightning-paced world of legal - and illegal - sports gambling, "Lay the Favorite" follows unpredictable dreamer Beth as she goes from in-home stripper in Tallahassee to gambler's assistant in Las Vegas, working for Dink, one of the most successful gamblers in the business.

She takes to the work like a natural, but makes the risky bet to fall for Dink, much to the chagrin of his retired showgirl wife, Tulip.

That bet goes South, and a triangular war ensues.

Against Dink's protests, Beth goes to work for the flamboyant, unstable Rosie who runs a less-than-legal operation in NYC, then for his doomed hyper-speed online sportsbook in the betting Babylon of Curacao. When Beth's risky gambles result in her innocent boyfriend threatened with prison, she must reunite with Dink, face up to the fearsome Tulip, risk jail, and return to NYC to confront her responsibilities. Can she beat the odds and win the day?

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..particularly disappointing given the names involved, it's only mildly amusing at best, and more often downright tedious..”
by Angie Errigo [Empire Magazine]
“..stands as not just an utterly tepid comedy, but possibly the most lifeless film in Frears' generally acclaimed oeuvre..”
by William Goss [Film.com]
“..the dialogue is shrill, the emotional moments are foghorned with deafening musical cues, and every scene is lit like an advert for orange juice..”
by Robbie Collin [Daily Telegraph]