Good: Lay the Favorite has a stellar cast that includes Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vince Caughn, Joshua Jackson, Lara Prepon, and Joel Murray.
Bad: It currently sits at 26% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Good: It’s directed by Stephen Frears, who also directed The Queen, High Fidelity, Dirty Pretty Things, and Prick Up Your Ears.
Bad: Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian called it “garbled and unsatisfying.” Angie Errigo of Empire said its “mildly amusing at best.” William Goss of Film.com calls it the “most lifeless film in Frears’ [filmography].”
Good: You get to see Laura Prepon’s breasts.
So, maybe reel in your expectations for Lay the Favorite, which follows a high-stakes Vegas gambler (Willis) who hires a stripper (Hall) as his good luck charm as he shows her the ropes of the gambling life.
The movie releases wide on December 7, 2012 – so perhaps reviews will come out a bit more favorably as the weeks progress. If not, well… you still get to see Laura Prepon’s breasts.