Lay The Favourite 2012

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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 impecc...

Starring:
Bruce Willis,Vince Vaughn
Runtime:
1 hour, 29 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Stephen Frears
Starring Bruce Willis, Vince Vaughn
Supporting actors Catherine Zeta-Jones, Laura Prepon, Rebecca Hall, Joshua Jackson, Frank Grillo, John Carroll Lynch, Corbin Bernsen, Joel Murray
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2.7 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss I G Woods on 26 Feb. 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
One of the worst films I've ever watched half of (the only reason we got that far was my new flatmate's politeness in thinking I must be enjoying it. I eventually asked her if she was enjoying it and she was utterly relieved to be able to be honest.)

Awful script; the film doesn't feel it is going anywhere; the pace is utterly pedestrian; boring; aimless; there doesn't seem to be any point in them having made the film. Quite how they got Catherine Zeta-Jones and Bruce Willis on board is beyond me.

The premise had seemed interesting but as I say, the script is terrible. This is a flop of the first order.
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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 1000 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 nave 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 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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