Lay The Favourite
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vince Vaughn, Joshua Jackson
Directed by: Stephen Frears
The plot: Beth Raymer hails from Tallahassee and ekes out an unsatisfying living as a trailer park stripper. She packs up her belongings and heads to the bright lights of Las Vegas where bookmaker Dink Heimowitz introduces her to the thrills and spills of illegal sports gambling. Beth's natural aptitude and boundless enthusiasm pique Dink's interest and as he gravitates towards his flirty protegee, their close working relationship generates friction with Dink's vampy wife, Tulip.
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"Frivolous fun at best, archly affected tedium at worst."
"While this is a lesser work in the Frears canon, it's still a likable caper."
"Particularly disappointing given the names involved, it's only mildly amusing at best, and more often downright tedious."