Lay the Favourite (15)

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Comedy

Lady Vegas : les mémoires d'une joueuse

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Posted: Tue Jun 19 2012

Rebecca Hall is an ex-stripper with a kind soul and a good head for figures in this sprightly but disjointed American comedy from veteran British filmmaker Stephen Frears (‘Tamara Drewe’). Working from a script by DV DeVincentis, who also wrote his 2000 film ‘High Fidelity’, Frears tells the story of Beth Raymer (Hall), a dancer-turned-gambler whose memoir inspires the film.
 
Sunny and full of optimism, Beth decamps from small-town Alabama to the bright lights of Las Vegas in search of her dream job – being a cocktail waitress. Once there, she falls in with a nervy gambling kingpin, Dink (Bruce Willis), who gives her a job in which she starts to shine; he backs off when confronted with the jealousy of his tight-faced wife, Tulip (Catherine Zeta-Jones). So Beth tries to make her own way in the world of bets, moving to New York to be with a sweet guy, Jeremy (Joshua Jackson), she meets in Vegas and to work for a slick but chaotic upstart bookmaker, Rosie (Vince Vaughn).
 
Frears’s strongest hand is a set of colourful characters played with verve: Hall is all heart and smiles as Beth, always keeping on the right side of a tart-with-a-brain act; Willis downplays the more caricatured tics (limping, knee­­-high socks, repeated scratching) of awkward but successful Dink; and Zeta-Jones lets her glare do the talking (in one scene her character is all puffed cheeks and bruises after a new round of plastic surgery). But DeVincentis’s script looks to achieve far too much in a short space of time and the early bonhomie and sitcom tone of the goings-on in Dink’s office are soon replaced with frenzied plotting and a rapid chain of events that sink the film’s half-earned warmth and charm. The going is good, but ‘Lay the Favourite’ pulls up long before the finish. 
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15

UK release:

Fri Jun 22, 2012

Duration:

94 mins

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KERMIT

we need more reviews from people who dont go to cinemas so we can be happly ignorant

film master 2000

dont listen to this muppets they dont know what they are talking about!!!!! i havent actually seen the film yet but it looks good definately a must see!!!!

film master 2000

dont listen to this muppets they dont know what they are talking about!!!!! i havent actually seen the film yet but it looks good definately a must see!!!!

Ian

Its amiable enough and Hall shines switching between ingenue, little girl lost to hardened gambler and back but all in all it is a disappointment, I agree with the reviewer in what is a perfectly pleasant film tries to achieve too much too quickly in the last act. An extra 15 minutes and a little more filling would make it a better film. Its a film that follows a well travelled path of sweet hearted heroine that triumphs over adversity. An ok date movie and probably just a 3 star film.