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  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson, Rebecca Hall
  • Directors: Stephen Frears
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: March 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ATP24XC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,863 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Beth Raymer (Rebecca Hall) leaves her dancing job at a Florida strip club to become a Las Vegas cocktail waitress. In walks Dink (Bruce Willis), 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 impeccable mind for numbers soon cements her status as Dink's good-luck charm, until his gorgeous-but-frigid wife, Tulip (Catherine Zeta-Jones), starts to get jealous. Faced with no other choice but to fire Beth, Dink's luck runs out when she heads to New York to work for a smarmy bookie, a turn of events that lands her squarely on the wrong side of the law. Based on a true story, LAY THE FAVORITE is a heartfelt comedy of finding friendship in the least likely places.

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And what an unlikely film to find Bruce Willis and Catherine Zeta-Jones in.
Dennis A. Amith (kndy)
If you are looking for a heartwarming film with good character development, a heartwarming story, with an original quirky plot this movie is for you.
Woodacre
I really wanted to like this movie after reading the book and finding it enjoyable.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amy Duluth on November 10, 2012
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The girl playing the lead gets on your nerves, since she seems like she's on hyperspeed all of the time. Did Catherine Zeta Jones get a major face lift? And of course Vince Vaugn is in it, he's very funny. I liked seeing him and Bruce, they were great. But I expected more, in general. It was like watching squirrels run around in those little wheels things....I should have waited until it was ALOT cheaper, like in Prime....buyer beware--
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Keith Wire on November 11, 2012
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Such an established cast and yet failed on every level. Really disappointed that I spent ten dollars to watch this dud.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on March 31, 2013
Format: DVD
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 Dink, a bookie (Bruce Willis) who she develops feelings. Dink 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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Format: Blu-ray
It wasn't exactly easy to make it to the end of the tone deaf comedy "Lay The Favorite." When I got there, though, I was in for a huge shock. The credits rolled and I realized that Stephen Frears was responsible for directing this! In case you haven't heard of him, the Oscar nominee has orchestrated some truly great films including The Queen, The Grifters, and Dangerous Liaisons. Well nothing could be further from these excellent films than this flight of fancy. Based on a true story, an expose on the world of gambling by Beth Raymer, the plot had the potential to be absolutely fascinating. In fact, I'd love to read Raymer's memoir. I think it would be very enlightening. But instead of a hard hitting drama, Frears has removed any sense of reality from the picture. I don't care that he wanted to make something light and comedic, but this isn't serious enough for a drama, funny enough for a comedy, informative enough for gambling enthusiasts, or rich enough in character so that anyone might actually care about what happens. In short, the movie has no idea what it wants to be and that is very apparent.

Rebecca Hall plays the central character as a chirpy stripper who is simultaneously brilliant and clueless. She dreams of the big time, she wants to be a waitress in Las Vegas! She gets involved, instead, with an odds-maker played by Bruce Willis. She's a natural at the game and soon becomes invaluable to the operation. Willis's wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) doesn't like the closeness between the two and this causes much friction. As Hall sets out on her own, she gets into some trouble from which she may not be able to extricate herself. Hint: It involves Vince Vaughn. It just might require a little help from her friends and a caper is afoot.
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Format: Blu-ray
Director Stephen Frears ("The Queen", "High Fidelity", "Dangerous Liaisons") and screenwriter D.V. DeVincentis ("High Fidelity", "Grosse Point Blank") are back together again for a new film based on the memoirs of American writer and journalist Beth Raymer, a memoir about her experiences in the sex industry, amateur boxing and sports betting.

The film would feature an all-star cast starring Bruce Willis ("Die Hard" films, "The Sixth Sense", "The Fifth Element"), Catherine Zeta-Jones ("Chicago", "The Terminal", "Entrapment"), Vince Vaughn ("Wedding Crashers", "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", "The Break-Up"), Rebecca Hall ("The Prestige", "Frost/Nixon", "The Town"), Joshua Jackson ("Fringe", "Dawson's Creek", "The Skulls"), Laura Prepon ("That 70′s Show", "October Road", "Are You There, Chelsea?") and Corbin Bernsen ("L.A. Law", "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang", "Psych").

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"Lay the Favorite" is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:85:1). For the most part, picture quality for the film is very good. Colors are vibrant and really look good outdoors. Really good detail when it comes to closeups and colors black levels are nice and deep. I didn't notice any problems with the overall picture quality, no aliasing or artifacts.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

"Lay the Favorite" is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD MA. The film is primarily all dialogue driven and dialogue is crisp and clear. Not a film where you would hear a lot of surround usage but you do hear a bit of the ambiance come into play during the film. But for a film like this, the lossless soundtrack was appropriate.

Subtitles are in Spanish.
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