The Poker House (2008)

The Poker House

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Actress-turned-director Lori Petty makes her feature directorial debut with this period drama set in 1976 that explores a typical day in the life of a decidedly atypical teen named Agnes. Some folks have the luxury of living each day to the fullest, but for Agnes every day is a grueling struggle for survival; her mother is strung out on drugs, her home has been overrun by degenerates, and her only father figure is a pimp. For Agnes and her two younger sisters, this particular day will be marked … More

Rating: R (for language, and disturbing content involving a minor including rape, sexual content and drug/alcohol abuse)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Lori Jo Petty, Lori Petty, David Alan Grier
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 18, 2009
Runtime:
Phase 4 Films

Cast


as Maurice

as Clyde Junior

as Sheila's Mom

as Clyde Senior

as Daniel

as Young Agnes

as Young Cammie

as Young Bee

as Meatball

as Mr. Goldstein

as Bob Elder

as Mr. Jefferies

as Lincoln

as Mr. Rasmussen

as Boxers Man

as Lil Boy

as Football Player

as Basketball Fan
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Critic Reviews for The Poker House

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

While the film has strong moments and performances, it illustrates the dangers of overly personal filmmaking.

Full Review… | November 17, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Overall, the pacing feels languid to the point of meandering, relying too heavily on old soul records (and a final eight-track sing-along) for momentum and energy.

Full Review… | November 17, 2014
Variety
Top Critic

Regardless of whether the film is all fiction or all true or a mix, it has a ring of truth about it strong enough to sustain a defy-all-odds finish.

Full Review… | July 20, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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The Poker House is one of the most personal, wounded films in years. That it is also one of the most confused reflects how deeply it springs from the psyche of its director.

Full Review… | July 16, 2009
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

The movie seemed to point a finger at its own audience and scold it for its ignorance of this problem and apparent unwillingness to help.

Full Review… | March 2, 2011
7M Pictures

One of those autobiographical films... like Running With Scissors... that shows how children can survive and even prosper emotionally, spiritually (eventually) despite a ghastly childhood

Full Review… | December 12, 2009
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for The Poker House

two stars

YodaMasterJedi
MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

Lust, drugs and violence... no place for a kid.

Good movie! Jennifer Lawrence gives a wonderful performance as the eldest daughter, Agnes who takes care of her two younger siblings. The Poker House is narrated by Agnes as she tries to deal with being 14 and living in a house where there is gambling, drugs, alcohol, and pimps. The story definitely pulls on the heart strings at times, but it does not overwhelm with sadness that it makes it hard to enjoy. It adds just the right amount of humor that three young girls can produce while being silly together. I honestly was shocked by how well the movie was produced and the character portrayal.

Actress-turned-filmmaker Lori Petty makes her feature directorial debut with this period drama starring Selma Blair, Bokeem Woodbine, and David Alan Grier. Set in 1976, THE POKER HOUSE explores a typical day in the life of a decidedly atypical teen named Agnes. Some folks have the luxury of living each day to the fullest, but for Agnes every day is a grueling struggle for survival: Her mother is strung out on drugs, her home has been overrun by degenerates, and her only father figure is a pimp. For Agnes and her two younger sisters, this particular day will be marked by both tragedy and triumph, but which will resonate most in the days and weeks to follow?

MANUGINO
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

½

This is one movie that had GREAT potential, but became a victim of the editing chopping block maybe? There was so much here that seemed to be left out, not well explained, not well potrayed. What was here, however, was amazingly good. The young actresses were just wonderful, and the idea/style of the movie was compelling. Unfortunately, there just seemed to be so much missing to tie it all together....what a shame..

itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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