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Director  Stephen Frears
Initial DVD release  December 5, 2012 (Sweden)
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Language  English
4.8/10 IMDb


Genre  Comedy, Drama
Music director  James Seymour Brett
Country  United States
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Release date  January 21, 2012 (2012-01-21) (Sundance Film Festival)December 7, 2012 (2012-12-07) (United States)
Based on  The memoir of the same name by Beth Raymer
Writer  D.V. DeVincentis (screenplay), Beth Raymer (memoir)
Initial release  February 2, 2012 (Estonia)
Cast  Rebecca Hall (Beth Raymer), Bruce Willis (Dink Heimowitz), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Tulip Heimowitz), Joshua Jackson (Jeremy), Vince Vaughn (Rosie), Laura Prepon (Holly)
Similar movies  Mississippi Grind, Casino Royale, Wild Card, Runner Runner, Dr. No, Owning Mahowny
Tagline  How far can a losing shot take you?

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Lay the Favorite (promoted as Lay the Favourite in the UK) is a 2012 American comedy-drama film starring Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Joshua Jackson. Based on Beth Raymer's memoir of the same title, the film follows a young, free-spirited woman as she journeys through the legal and illegal world of sports gambling. The film was directed by Stephen Frears.

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Plot

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Beth is becoming bored with her life in Florida, doing stripteases and lap dances for private customers. Her dad, Jerry, tells her to follow her dream of moving to Las Vegas, where she seeks honest work as a cocktail waitress.

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A young woman named Holly, who lives at the same Vegas motel, arranges for Beth to meet Dink Heimowitz, a professional gambler who follows the fast-changing odds on sporting events and employs assistants at Dink, Inc., to lay big-money bets for him. Beth is intrigued and it turns out she has a good mind for numbers, easily grasping Dink's system and becoming his protégée. A young journalist, Jeremy, becomes attracted to Beth, but she is hooked on the excitement and income that gambling provides and is not ready to settle for any kind of normal life.

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When she begins expressing a more personal interest in her much-older mentor, Dink's sharp-tongued wife, Tulip, lets it be known in no uncertain terms that she wants Beth out of her husband's life. Against his advice, Beth accepts a similar job for a rival gambler, a man called Rosie who runs an illegal operation based in Curaçao. She succeeds there at first, but both Rosie and the job turn out to be extremely dangerous, and several lives depend on the outcome of one last game of basketball.

Cast

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  • Bruce Willis as Dink Heimowitz
  • Rebecca Hall as Beth Raymer
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones as Tulip Heimowitz
  • Joshua Jackson as Jeremy
  • Vince Vaughn as Rosie
  • Laura Prepon as Holly
  • John Carroll Lynch as Dave Greenberg
  • Corbin Bernsen as Jerry Raymer
  • Frank Grillo as Franky
  • Production

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    Filming began in April 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Shooting also took place in New Orleans, and New York City. It was released January 21, 2012.

    Reception

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    The film received negative reviews from critics. It holds a 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 48 reviews.


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