Any film that gives Rebecca Hall a shot at a starring role seems like it would have to be a good idea, but unfortunately Lay the Favorite didn’t get very good reviews coming out of its debut at Sundance, and our own Allison Loring bemoaned that the film “never seems to quite know what it wants to be.” Still, Lay the Favorite is set to roll out in limited releases all across the world over the next few months, and a trailer has just been released to give us all a taste of what it has to offer, so we might as well give its sales pitch a gander.

Director Stephen Frears’s (High Fidelity) latest tells the tale of a chipper ex-stripper (Hall) who falls into a promising new career working for a career gambler (Bruce Willis), but runs into complications when she buts heads with her new boss’ jealous wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Oh, and also there seems to be something about a budding romance with Joshua Jackson, who is playing a bearded nice guy.

The trailer for Lay the Favorite contains gambling, yelling, crying, and a bunch of glamorous Las Vegas scenery. It seems fun enough at first glance, and Rebecca Hall has impressed in everything she’s done up to this point, so should we heed the warnings of the early negative buzz or vow to give the movie a watch ourselves? It’s a tough decision, with pretty equal positives and negatives on both sides, but seeing as the trailer gives us a brief glimpse of John Carroll Lynch, let’s call that the tiebreaker. He’s great in everything.

The anticipation level for Lay the Favorite has just been officially upgraded to “Cautious but Hopeful.” Help get the word out. [HeyUGuys, via /Film]


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