WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Young Kevin Carson (Bow Wow) has just won $370 Million in the lottery. The only catch: the lottery office is closed for the holiday weekend. Now Carson has to try and survive 48 hours in his rough neighborhood while besieged by well-wishers. cons, fair-weather friends, and a psychotic thug who wants to claim the ticket as his own.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
LOTTERY TICKET is kinda like Friday-lite. It's a PG-13 urban comedy produced by Ice Cube, who's obviously trying to recapture of bit of the FRIDAY magic himself. Like Cube in that film, Bow Wow plays a nice guy, just trying to get by in his rough neighborhood. Brandon Jackson, or TROPIC THUNDER, fills the Chris Tucker role as his zany best bud, although due to the PG-13, there's a whole lot less weed-smokin' going on.
Like that film, Bow Wow has a climatic showdown with a bully, while simultaneously chasing the girl of his dreams, only to realize the sweet girl next door is actually the girl he REALLY wants. So yes, LOTTERY TICKET is awfully predictable. I can't say I was much of a fan, but then again I'm likely not the target teen audience. I suppose for young audiences it's OK, but it's pretty tame compared to FRIDAY, and lacks the edge of those films. But. for what it is, it isn't bad- but it's awfully sit-commy.
Fans of Bow Wow, and Ice Cube will appreciate the handful of amusing extras. First up, LOTTERY TICKET: Custom Kicks a look at the custom sneakers designed by Bow Wow's character in the film. Next is Junior's Guide to the Corner Store featuring rapper T-Pain, who plays a supporting role in the film. Everybody's In examines the large cast, made up of veteran actors like Keith David, comedians like Mike Epps, and Charlie Murphy, and rappers like T-Pain.
The strangest extra is the tongue in cheek Du-Rag model examining co-star Bill Bellamy's second life as a do-rag model. Finally, there are some deleted scenes .
LOTTERY TICKET wasn't really my thing, but I can't say it's offensively bad either. It has a good heart, is mostly inoffensive, and isn't nearly as pandering as something by Tyler Perry. For what it is, it's not bad.