Premiering at Sundance in January to rather dismal reviews — including our own which called it an “empty comedy” — and acquired by The Weinstein Company which has yet to give the film a release date, who knows when Stephen Frears‘ star-studded “Lay The Favorite” will land stateside. But over the in U.K., it hits theaters in just a few weeks so why not roll out a trailer?
Featuring Bruce Willis playing a guy named Dink, and the normally awesome Rebecca Hall putting on some kind of baby-voiced American accent that is irritating to no end, this trailer delivers lots of “wacky” but not much in the way of laughs. Co-starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vince Vaughn, Frank Grillo and Joshua Jackson, the film follows the adventures of a stripper turned gambling shark who falls in love with a budding journalist leading to….complications! Lots of twists and turns and double crosses along the way it seems in a movie that doesn’t feel unlike something we might have seen in the mid ’90s post-Tarantino haze. There’s a lot of energy being tossed out, but it doesn’t seem the result is paying off the way it should.
“Lay The Favorite” will hit theaters in the U.K. on June 22nd and in the states….sometime. Full synopsis and trailer below along with a few images from the pic. [HeyUGuys]
Set in the wild, extremely funny and lightning-paced world of legal – and illegal – sports gambling, LAY THE FAVORITE follows unpredictable dreamer Beth as she goes from in-home stripper in Tallahassee to gambler’s assistant in Las Vegas, working for Dink, one of the most successful gamblers in the business. She takes to the work like a natural, but makes the risky bet to fall for Dink, much to the chagrin of his retired showgirl wife, Tulip. That bet goes South, and a triangular war ensues. Against Dink’s protests, Beth goes to work for the flamboyant, unstable Rosie who runs a less-than-legal operation in NYC, then for his doomed hyper-speed online sportsbook in the betting Babylon of Curacao. When Beth’s risky gambles result in her innocent boyfriend threatened with prison, she must reunite with Dink, face up to the fearsome Tulip, risk jail, and return to NYC to confront her responsibilities. Can she beat the odds and win the day?