Firstly, I'm not much for the SHOWGIRLS underlining storyline here. Our girl Beth (Rebecca Hall) gets burned out from the strip game and decides to head to Vegas...to be a cocktail waitress. Don't set the bar too high there babe. She's one of those small town yolkles who (in real life) would be eaten alive the second she opened her mouth in Vegas. She'd have been stripped like a car, no pun intended. Yet, oddly enough she lands in the lap of a (sigh) gruff looking bookie with a heart of gold. Oh, and did I mention this ditsy chick's someone is good at numbers? Of course she is...for not better reason than to further this ridiculous plot. A plot that really does go nowhere.
LAY THE FAVORITE is a joke, albeit a light hearted, root for the underdog, happy ending despite the odds type of joke, but a joke nonetheless. It's a shame too considering all the big names present and accounted for. I loved Vince Vaughn here, mainly because it felt like he was playing himself in the gambling business (I'd have much rather seen a full movie about him and his character). Catherine-Zeta Jones is looking pretty damn hot, and for all those of you out there who've imagined seeing Donna Pinciotti's cans, well you're in luck cause their out and on display--though not as impressive as I'd imagined. This flick isn't anything new, interesting or impressive and it makes my soul hurt when so many talented people gather for crap like this (I guess Joshua Jackson had to do something now that FRINGE is over). It certainly paints Vegas in a good light, I'm Caesar's Palace (along with some local bookies) must have financed the film.
Previews: There's a handful of trailers that don't look much better than this film. Yes, it's like that.