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Lay The Favorite
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03.14.2013 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Stephen Frears

Actors:
Bruce Willis
Catherine-Zeta Jones
Rebecca Hall

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A down on her luck stripper has an epiphany and decides to move up in the world by trying her hand at gambling in Vegas. Now that's living the American dream right there.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
For awhile people were kidding Samuel L. Jackson for being in just about every movie going (both good and bad), but lately it seems like I'm seeing Bruce Willis take over for him. Over the past couple years, I've noticed that there's at least three B movies in circulation at all times with Bruce Willis grinning on the cover in some capacity. I'd never heard of LAY THE FAVORITE, but as a Willis fan I figured "hey, can't be that bad, right?" Well, I wouldn't call it atrocious, but it certainly wasn't great either.

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.
THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes: Not much here and definitely not worth your while or being added as a feature.

Previews: There's a handful of trailers that don't look much better than this film. Yes, it's like that.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I can almost guarantee you've never heard of this movie until now, so pretend you can turn back time and erase the past five or so minutes you wasted reading this review and go on about your day. I'm sorry for any ocular inconveniences this has caused you.
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9:50AM on 03/14/2013
I watched this last week and the ONLY thing it had going for it was Rebecca Hall being absolutely adorable during the whole thing. Otherwise a complete dud.
I watched this last week and the ONLY thing it had going for it was Rebecca Hall being absolutely adorable during the whole thing. Otherwise a complete dud.
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