Lay the Favorite

December 7th 2012
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • R,
  • 103 min,
  • The Weinstein Company
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rebecca Hall, Joshua Jackson, Laura Prepon, Frank Grillo, Corbin Bernsen, Joel Murray, John Carroll Lynch, Andrea Frankle, Dominique DuVernay, Michelle Torres, Lara Grice, Ritchie Montgomery, Jo Newman, Wayne Pére, Robert Martin Steinberg, Matthew Pebler, John J. Mourain, Errol Suleyman, Darcel White Moreno, Rusty Meyers
  • Director: Stephen Frears
  • Writers: Beth Raymer, D.V. DeVincentis
  • Producers: Anthony Bregman, D.V. DeVincentis, Randall Emmett, George Furla, Paul Trijbits
  • Associate Producer: Alex G. Scott
  • Executive Producers: Brandt Andersen, Michael Corso, Peter Gethers, James Gibb, Brandon Grimes, Anthony Gudas, Peter Hampden, James W. Skotchdopole
  • Art Direction: Erik Polczwartek
  • Casting: Victoria Thomas
  • Costume Design: Christopher Peterson
  • D.O.P.: Michael McDonough
  • Editor: Mick Audsley
  • Makeup: Cindy J. Williams
  • Music: James Seymour Brett
  • Production Design: Dan Davis
  • Set Decoration: Michelle Schluter-Ford


Beth Raymer (Hall) leaves behind her life as a stripper in Florida and heads to Las Vegas to realize her dream: being a cocktail waitress in a glitzy casino. But, when her career goals don’t pan out, she falls in with Dink (Willis), a kind and idiosyncratic sports gambler. Beth wins Dink’s admiration when she shows herself to be something of a gambling prodigy, but she also wins the ire of Dink’s wife, Tulip (Zeta-Jones), when her relationship with her boss seems to extend beyond the professional.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Las Vegas, USA; New Orleans, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Language throughout, some sexual content, brief drug use, and nudity
  • Production Budget: $20 million
  • Production Companies: Emmett/Furla Films, Random House Films, Likely Story, Ruby Films
  • Production Schedule: 27 April 2011 - July 2011

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2012 Guide Analysis: "Frears' last film "Tamara Drewe" scored some varied reviews with not everyone sparking to its sense of bawdy and silly British countryside humour. Here he tries his hand at a more crowd-friendly crime comedy tale about sports betting with the help of his "High Fidelity" scribe D.V. DeVincentis.

A $20 million adaptation of Beth Raymer's memoir of the same title, the story follows the rise of a lowly Vegas cocktail waitress who became one of the top sports gambling bookmakers in the city. Originally setup at Focus Features, the project was dumped and then resurrected by Pathe and Emmett Furla.

There's a fun cast here including those above plus Laura Prepon, Frank Grillo, Corbin Bernsen and Wendell Pierce. With a Sundance premiere set, many are wondering if Frears can do what Bennett Miller did with last year's "Moneyball" - turn a fairly bland sports-related topic into one of the year's best films and one adored by those who wouldn't have the first clue about the subject matter."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 22 June 2012: Ireland, UK
  • 19 July 2012: Germany
  • 8 August 2012: France
  • 23 August 2012: Denmark
  • 7 September 2012: Turkey
  • 2 November 2012: Estonia
  • 5 December 2012: Sweden
  • 31 January 2013: Netherlands
  • 28 March 2013: Russia