Lay The Favorite is a hilarious movie that features a woman’s journey through the world of sports gambling. Beth Raymer played by Rebecca Hall left her dancing job in Florida to become a cocktail waitress in Las Vegas. It may not be the best career option but then Beth has a personality that does not give her much option. It was in this moment that Dink Heimowitz (Bruce Willis) offers Beth a job placing wagers all over town to get a better standing than the casinos. Beth’s mind for numbers soon earns her a top spot in Dink’s heart but things gets complicated due to Dink’s wife Tulip (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Beth’s journey to gambling and betting goes through different ups and downs in Lay The Favorite. Lay The Favorite stars Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson and Vince Vaughn. It is directed by Stephen Frears and is scheduled to be released in cinemas on December 7th 2012.Check out the latest news below to know more about the film:
“Early Review for Lay The Favorite
PARK CITY, Utah — I think the fairest way of summarizing what I have to say about the new Stephen Frears movie “Lay the Favorite” is that people watching it on airplanes next fall will be pleasantly surprised by it. Anchored by an amped-up performance by Rebecca Hall that you’ll either find endearing or massively irritating, along with a genial supporting turn from Bruce Willis, this is a mid-level crowd-pleaser, superficial light entertainment delivered by professionals. There are worse things. If you hear people struggling to compare “Lay the Favorite” to Frears’ 1990 hit “The Grifters,” pay no attention. Those of us who still venerate Frears as a pioneer of British indie cinema in the ’80s pine for him to have higher goals than a ditzy true-crime romp, but maybe that’s our problem rather than his.
“Lay the Favorite” got the coveted Saturday-night centerpiece screening at Sundance this year, a slot meant to showcase a potential box-office hit. If I were any good at forecasting such things I’d have a different job, but at least this movie fits the bill better than the utterly risible “Red Lights,” a hokum-filled supernatural thriller with Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy and Sigourney Weaver that premiered Friday. Neither movie takes place in anything resembling the real world, but at least Frears doesn’t leave talented actors rattling around with no idea what to do. Indeed, he clearly instructed Hall to shed all inhibition and go for it in her portrayal of Beth Raymer, a real-life Florida stripper turned professional gambler who wrote the memoir on which D.V. DeVincentis’ screenplay is based. (Raymer herself appeared at the post-screening Q&A, and it appears that Hall’s performance is underplayed, if anything.)
I’m in the tank for Rebecca Hall, pretty much, so even though I would agree that she cranks up the sunny, girly, giggly power-of-positive-thinking charm pretty doggone high here, I enjoyed (almost) all of it. Every British actor believes that he or she can play a convincing American, and all too often it just amounts to getting a bad haircut, hitting the R’s really hard and chewing gum.”
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