• R, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Stephen Frears
    In Theaters:
    Dec 7, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Mar 4, 2013
  • Weinstein Co.


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Lay the Favorite Reviews

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July 7, 2014
pretty pointless movie but fuck I love Rebecca Hall.
April 29, 2014
one of the worst movies I ever seen. Really boring. Not even funny

Super Reviewer

April 27, 2014
In "Lay the Favorite," Beth(Rebecca Hall) figures it is time to get out of the private dancing business when the customers start to get creepy. So, seeking a change of scenery, she moves to Las Vegas to become a cocktail waitress. Except it is not that easy. But through Holly(Laura Prepon), she learns that Dink(Bruce Willis) is hiring for his gambling business. Not only does he hire Beth but Dink takes a real liking to her which sort of does not sit well with his wife Tulip(Catherine Zeta-Jones).

"Lay the Favorite" proves the old adage that any movie that has more of Vince Vaughn than Wendell Pierce is in serious trouble. That's actually the least of this lackuster movie's problems because maybe there could have been a decent movie made about these real life gamblers but this is not it. As much a rut as director Stephen Frears has been in lately("Philomena" succeeded mostly due to the quality of its performances), his work could never be described as slap dash until now, as this movie definitely feels rushed with a definite lack of singular direction. At least, Rebecca Hall is a joy being cast supremely against type while also sharing rapport with Catherine Zeta-Jones in their scenes together.
February 1, 2014
The film is a mess, teeter-tottering between two separately weighty plot points, one that arrives in the middle and seems to lead up to the end of the film when 50 minutes actually remain. Nevertheless, Rebecca Hall's performance, however punctuated by irritating chirps and lip curls, is compelling in its ability to capture the mind of a commonly seen modern female, attuned to behaving ditzy for acceptance and promotion yet sharp and strong in her own way. I couldn't help admiring her flexibility as an actress.
January 16, 2014
Amazing cast, Amazing world of betting but the film flounders it all with a very weak screenplay. Film looses it steam mid way. The worst part is the third act. Only watchable for the talented cast
March 3, 2013
Probably the worst movie I have ever seen.... Only finished it 'cause we paid for it. Zero fluidity, very poor storyline... Full of holes, hard to follow, cheesy boring script. Attempts to include moral life lessons and love stories were entirely unsuccessful . R. Hall was horrendous - trying to mix-up her ditsy slut role by adding a bit of drama to her acting did NOT work.

We chose this movie based on Bruce Willis ' and Catherine Zeta Jones' involvement . It is shocking they were willing to associate themselves with this film. They were OK in their roles with what they had to work with .... Crap. Do not watch this movie. Life is too short.
January 8, 2014
I didn't know a movie w/ Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Joshua Jackson could be so bad
May 25, 2013
There wasn't much to this movie.
October 28, 2013
I like Rebecca Hall :)
October 25, 2013
great cast had to see Rebecca and Laura hang out
November 15, 2012
What the hell was that about?! Im shocked...
September 22, 2013
It took at least half an hour for this movie to make any sense, it did not set up the main character to be liked at all and was basically just a waste of a lot of good actors.
Cynthia S

Super Reviewer

September 10, 2013
Silly script...pointless.
September 7, 2013
This movie seemed like D list actors should have played the part., very bad for willis
September 6, 2013
Great cast but can not help the poor script. Surprised that this many big actors got involved with the project even though it was horrible. Someone must have owed a favor or two.
August 10, 2013
An inert movie. Super book by Raymer, totally botched as a film despite a good cast. Badly edited, totally lifeless, a waste of time and talent. Do read the book.
August 7, 2013
filmov e tra-la-la i e posveten na site bolesnici sto se kladat
August 5, 2013
I thought the cast was solid going in but the Lay the Favorite failed miserably largely because the protagonist, Rebecca Hall, cannot even remotely act. I don't know how she gets any roles. Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson, Vince Vaughn, etc. all provide solid support but Hall was just ridiculous. The plot also got boring and fast. It didn't have a good flow and seemed to have no real direction for much of the film. Overall there really isn't much point in watching beyond a slightly humorous scene here and there.
July 26, 2013
Could have been a good movie. Bad script, and bad directing.

Super Reviewer

July 22, 2013
How can you have Bruce Willis and Catherine Zeta-Jones in a movie, and not a bad director like Stephen Frears, and still make something which simply SUCKS! 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.

Beth Raymer (Hall) decides to leave behind her life as a stripper in Florida and moves to Las Vegas to become a cocktail waitress in a glitzy casino - her dream job. But, it is easier said than done and she starts working instead for Dink (Willis), a kind and idiosyncratic sports gambler. Dink starts admiring her when she shows him how good she is with numbers, but that is a cause for the ire of Dink's wife, Tulip (Zeta-Jones).

It is a movie, based on a true story, and is supposed to be a heartfelt comedy of finding friendship in the least likely places... after watching it I will tell you that is just a boring movie using a book which was boring itself! Don't waste time on this one.
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