Rebecca Hall delivers a fabulously ditzy turn (alongside a completely bald and still charming Bruce Willis) in Stephen Frears’s likable caper Lay the Favorite that seems to have divided critics. Is it the new High Fidelity? Watch this for a clue:
The movie, which is based on the memoir by Beth Raymer, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Apparently, some viewers admitted to the fondness for its insouciant charm, whereas others thought it was the worst movie they’ve seen for ages!
The film stars Rebecca Hall as Beth, a former stripper from Florida who travels to Las Vegas. She ends up getting mixed in with the old-school gambler Dink (Bruce Willis). And its all going great — that is, until Dink’s prickly trophy wife Tulip (Catherine Zeta-Jones) returns from a cruise. The movie also stars Joshua Jackson, Vince Vaughn, Laura Prepon, Joel Murray, Corbin Bersen and John Caroll Lynch. That’s definitely a strong cast.
What’s more, we can’t think of a bad movie Stephen Frears has made (although admittedly not all of them have been ground-breaking), as the ones already under his belt include Tamara Drewe, The Queen, Dangerous Liasons, Dirty Pretty Things and of course, High Fidelity.
What’s your take on this potentially cynical and amusing modern classic?