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  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • Directors: Stephen Frears
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jan. 2013
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008HDQPSS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,224 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on the memoir by Beth Raymer, this lighthearted gambling caper based on true events stars Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta Jones (Chicago), Vince Vaughn (The Break-Up), Joshua Jackson (Bobby) and is directed by Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Stephen Frears (The Queen). In the sports gambling Mecca of Las Vegas, an exuberant ex-private dancer Beth (Rebecca Hall) arrives in search of her ultimate dream to become a cocktail waitress. Fate leads her to Dink (Bruce Willis), a charming, old-school gambler who seeing beyond the ditzy façade, takes a shine to Beth, recruiting her as his good luck charm.

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A light-hearted caper with a quality cast, Lay The Favourite is based on the true life story by Beth Raymer, and has been brought to the screen by director Stephen Frears. It’s not up to the standard of Frears’ best work, including the likes of The Grifters and High Fidelity, but he’s still having fun with a mixed bag of a movie.

The basic premise sees Rebecca Hall as a lap dancer, who relocates to Las Vegas. There, she lands a job working for a professional gambler, played by Bruce Willis. Catherine Zeta Jones and Joshua Jackson aren’t far behind, and Lay The Favourite then gets down to the job of finding something compelling for everyone to do. Sadly, that’s where it fumbles things a little, as the characters and setting are far more interesting than the narrative itself. It makes it a slightly erratic, still entertaining movie, with Hall and Willis in particular on good form. You get a fair few giggles for your money, too.

There’s nothing of particular note about the disc release itself, save for the breezy main feature. But that alone is enough to warrant a spin. What's more, Lay The Favourite is a film that’s set to work just a little better in a more welcoming home environment, than on the big screen. --Jon Foster

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2.7 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 April 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Beth(Rebecca Hall) is a woman who aspires to be a cocktail waitress in Vegas. She has both brains and looks. She ends up working for Dirk, a bookie (Bruce Willis) who she develops feelings. Dirk has a jealous wife Tulip (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and a bad side when he loses, which causes Beth to get a job elsewhere. Beth eventually gets into trouble and needs help.

The film is based on a true story, so you didn't know where it is headed. The downfall of the film is that it has a narrow appeal. It is basically a modified chick flick. But it is for chicks who know something about book making. The phrase "lay the favorite" means betting against the favorite, i.e. you always take the points and the underdog, you never give points. Bookies make their money by having a balanced book. They need the same amount of money bet on a team as they do against it. They make their money from taking "the juice" which is a percentage of the winnings. If the juice is 10% and you bet $50 even money, you will net $40 in return. In order to balance their books, they will have to move money around and make bets with other books or alter the point spread. The point spread has more to do balancing the books then it does the ability of the teams involved which is why it sometimes changes from the beginning of the week to the end of the week. This allows a smart better to straddle his bet. The key to book making is to do the math and bet with your head, not your heart.

It is not an inside look at the gambling industry per se, but it gives you enough of a glimpse that you feel you need to know what is going on in order to enjoy the movie. The most unbelievable aspect of the film is that with all the money Dirk and his wife had, she drank Beefeaters Gin. I enjoyed Bruce Willis in this role. Rebecca Hall was refreshing. A light chick flick for people who know something about gambling.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, nudity (Jo Newman, Laura Prepon - Donna from "That 70's Show")
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
Lay The Favourite (LTF) is the story of Beth Raymers real-life memoir of the same name. It follows our Beth (played by Rebecca Hall - The Town) as she works her way around the sinuous and shady world of bet-making bookies, starting with Dink (Bruce Willis - Looper) in Las Vegas moving down the scale to the even shadier New York bookie Rosie (Vince Vaughn - Wedding Crashers) and having to deal with her feelings for Dink and the scorn incurred from his wife Tulip (an unrecognisable Catherine Zeta-Jones - Rock of Ages) - when a client Beth represents welchs on his debt, he uses the threat of Federal involvement to scare her off, but Beth will not be shaken so easily, will she make a name for herself in this cut-throat industry?

Where to begin? Rebecca Hall is great in LTF; she is sexy yet eloquent enough to pull of the slightly more technical side of the job. She carries LTF despite her ditsy mannerisms; Bruce Willis is OK but nothing special in his role as an aging bookie whilst Vince Vaughn really phoned this one in - he wasn't funny or entertaining for the entire 94-minute bit.
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By W. Rodick TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 April 2013
Format: DVD
Having recently viewed all of Luck [DVD] I was not expecting much from this film. I knew it had Stephen Frears directing. That was enough for me.

Where 'Luck' failed for me was I could not always grasp who owned what and why. Even when horse racing was happening I was not always sure what was at stake. But I did enjoy the insider knowledge of jockeys on horses and the placing of bets at a USA racetrack.

'Lay the Favorite' is a different animal. More of a rom-com than gambling flick, no doubt aided by the title's double entendre. There is something naïve about all the characters. Simple even. And yet their intelligence is what keeps them alive. Alive-Plus you might say. It is the story of a young woman with a great body and a brain that occasionally comes into play. But she has a good memory for numbers. You know the rest.

I could bet on the movie as a metaphor for the stock market zero conscience attitude. In the movie people are important. But the ending is pure Hollywood. And I would lose my bet. Lose a fiver. Enjoyably.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flavia on 17 July 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was very disappointed with this movie. They say "Laugh Out Loud funny I don't think so.
My husband and I both thought it was boring and I like Bruce Willis
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By Blade on 28 April 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Dreadful, dreadful, dreadful, dreadful, dreadful. Do not waste your money. Bruce Willis is bad at the best of times unless in action movies. Catherine Zeta Jones is that really her? She is so much better than this. The lead actress, can't remember her name but she should really consider a different career. Truly, truly awful film.
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