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Review of Lay the Favorite

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I didn't know if I would like this movie but a lot of the actors interested me so I thought I'd give it a shot. It was there, so I watched it.

I thought Rebecca Hall did great. I liked her in The Town and was interested to see her other work. She's great at playing an immature character who hasn't really figured out what she wants to do with her life. She stumbles upon a job placing bets for a bookie in Vegas played by Bruce Willis. She has a thing for numbers and she really excels at the job and learns to love it. Naturally, she starts having an attraction to her boss who's named Dink which makes it all the more funny. His wife finds out about their attraction and makes him fire her. The wife is played by Catherine Zeta Jones who is also wonderful in the movie. Watch it into the credits and you will see some amazing dancing skills by CZJ. Dink calls his wife the Jinx because every time she's around he starts to lose and Beth (Rebecca Hall) would be his lucky charm if he believed in such things.

After she stops working with Dink she moves to NYC and stumbles into a person who wants to bet but doesn't know a bookie. She takes her bets to Dink's competition Vince Vaughn who plays Rosie. While the betting that Dink does is legal in Vegas, doing the same thing in NYC with Rosie is illegal and Vince Vaughn's character is pretty wacky, with a speech impediment and crazy personality. He's trying to set up his business in the Caribbean where it is legal so Joshua Jackson, who plays Rebecca's NYC BF after she leaves Dink, ends up making bets for her there while she's in the islands with Rosie.

They all end up in a mess when one of the guys can't pay his tab and tells them that the feds are after him and they're all in trouble. He's not taking her calls and acting crazy but if Beth doesn't get the money for Rosie she will not get paid all the money he owes her. She hatches up a plan to make it happen.

You have to watch it to see the ending but everyone comes together to get the money and try to make it work. But it's a good ending that I liked a lot. It's a little predictable but I think it works for this type of movie.
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Added by JaimeLeah
4 years ago on 12 May 2013 01:59



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