Ex-private dancer Beth aspires to be a Las Vegas cocktail waitress, when she falls in with Dink, a sports gambler. Sparks fly as she proves to be something of a gambling prodigy--much to the ire of Dink's wife, Tulip.
Beth, who lap dances to make ends meet, leaves Florida for Las Vegas hoping to be a cocktail waitress. She meets two women who introduce her to Dink, a gambler with a system. He hires her - she's good with numbers - and she promptly falls for him, even though he's married to a woman who seems to do nothing but spend his money. Beth tries to entice Dink whose wife, Tulip, tells him to choose; he does and promptly goes on a losing streak. The repercussions of his choice play out with a heavy gambler who has a parole officer, a cheesy bookmaker in Curaçao, Beth's desire to keep a friend out of prison, and help from an unlikely source. Written by
During the televised basketball game in the closing minutes of the film, the storyline is that the game is down to no time left on the clock, and the NJ player, Reedmore, has the chance to make 2 foul shots to beat LA.
When the baseline camera focuses on the player's face, though, the time clock over the hoop at the other end of the court is visible, and the clock plainly reads 6:40 left in the game. See more »
Hey, you know when don't need to be taken care of anymore? It's when you decide to start taking care of someone else.
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Lay the Favorite stars Rebecca Hall as an ex-stripper and Bruce Willis
as an ageing Las Vegas bookie. But nothing comes good in the script. It
is as flat and the writing is noticeable. We can now see why the film
was not shown wide in America. The affection between Beth and Dink
feels a lot more genuine, with Willis delivering a finely tuned
performance. Hall bounces off him with comically goggle-eyed
expressions but she comes across more clumsy than needed. This film is
listed as a comedy and drama but it really is neither funny, nor it is
as dramatic as one should be for a sports betting film. It is also
utterly predictable, specifically its ending.
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