Lay the Favorite (2012)



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Movie Info

Beth Raymer leaves her dancing job at a Florida strip club to become a Las Vegas cocktail waitress. Not exactly an ideal career choice, but her borderline-ditzy personality doesn't give her many options. In walks Dink, a professional sports bettor who sees through her bubbly exterior and offers her a job placing wagers all over town to gain an advantage over the casinos. Her surprisingly impeccable mind for numbers soon cements her status as Dink's good-luck charm, until his gorgeous-but-frigid … More

Rating: R (for language throughout, some sexual content, brief drug use, and nudity)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Beth Raymer, D.V. DeVincentis
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 4, 2013
Box Office: $21.0k
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Critic Reviews for Lay the Favorite

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (17)

Frears has a lot of fun with the bad tempers and high spirits of this crew of adrenaline junkies, and though the story falls a little flat, the script is sprinkled with dry wit.

Full Review… | December 7, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

"Lay the Favorite" is a small and not particularly ambitious movie, but it's pleasing and exceptionally well made.

Full Review… | December 7, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

What has happened to director Stephen Frears?

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Best to say as little as possible, cut one's losses and move on.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

The dots are there, but they don't connect.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A listless comedy built around a vivacious protagonist.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Lay the Favorite


Silly script...pointless.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Lay The Favorite was just an OK movie for me. I really love Bruce, Vince, and Josh. That is the only real reason I wanted to watch it. I usually let the actors I love lead me to the movies I watch. Unfortunately I wish it would have been in a film with a better script and directing. Plus the leading actress, Rebecca Hall, annoyed me to fullest. I am pretty sure it was her voice and her acting and her facial expressions. She just annoyed me all the way pretty much. She made it hard to pay attention to what was going on. All her quirks were just too much for me to look past. Bruce, Josh, and Vince are better than what this film offered. I don't see myself ever watching this again.


Super Reviewer

"Lay the Favourite" is one of those fluff movies that in 5 years, you'll watch pieces of on USA network. It's mildly entertaining, has good stars, but overall just isn't very good. About a girl who comes to vegas to be a cocktail waitress and she gets involved with a bookie, Dink(Bruce Willis). They work together, and she eventually wants more, but he is married to Tulip(Cathrine Zeta Jones), and then from there the movie goes to into like 3 different directions. Starts out decent, but then just spirals downward. The performances aren't very good as Willis and Jones either overact or look like they don't care. Vince Vaughn has a small role, and really I think he should have been in it a lot more and the movie could have been better. OK for a one time watch if nothing else is on and you don't care if the movie is good or not.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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