• Lay the Favorite (2012)

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Release Date: December 7th, 2012

DVD Release Date: March 5th, 2013

R|1 hr 34 min

Plot Summary
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.

Cast: Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vince Vaughn, Joshua Jackson, Laura Prepon, Frank Grillo, Wayne Pere

Director: Stephen Frears

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Lipsync Productions, Random House Films, Ruby Films, Wild Bunch, Emmett/Furla Films, Likely Story

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A small and not particularly ambitious movie, but it's pleasing and exceptionally well made. It was directed by Stephen Frears, and while it's not up there with his best - "Dangerous Liaisons," "The Queen," "High Fidelity," "Cheri" - Lay the Favorite lavishes the same attention on the personal, on relationships, and, like most Frears films, it puts a woman at the center of the story. show more

  • The comedy just isn't that funny and the enterprise never finds an exact tone. show more

  • Adapted from a comic thriller by Carl Hiaasen, South Florida's day-glo answer to Elmore Leonard, the film missed the fizzy, beach-friendly fun of Hiaasen's work, and wound up playing the comedy and the suspense at half-speed. It couldn't keep up with its own protagonist. show more

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