The first UK trailer for director Stephen Frears’ (High Fidelity) new film Lay the Favorite has gone online. My mind had blanked on the plot before I watched this trailer, and after it was over I was even more confused as to what the film is about. Moreover, the normally solid Rebecca Hall puts an incredibly grating American voice that I’m assuming doesn’t get less annoying during the film’s two-hour duration. The pic premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to wildly negative reviews (you can read Matt’s review here), which is surprising given the talent involved. Hall plays a woman who works for Dink, a high-stakes gambler (Bruce Willis), and takes to the job like a natural, but she begins to fall for Dink, much to the chagrin of Dink’s wife, Tulip (Catherine Zeta-Jones).
I was shocked to see such negative reviews for the film out of Sundance, but after watching this trailer it’s not hard to imagine the pic being bad. Hit the jump to judge for yourself.
Trailer via Hey U Guys.
Here’s the synopsis for Lay the Favorite:
Beth Raymer is a beautiful girl with a big heart who leaves her dancing job at a Florida strip club to become a Las Vegas cocktail waitress. Not exactly an ideal career choice, but her borderline-ditzy personality doesn’t give her many options. In walks Dink, 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, 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.