Lay the Favorite

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Lay the Favorite
Lay the Favorite FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Stephen Frears
Produced by Randall Emmett
George Furla
Paul Trijbits
Screenplay by D.V. DeVincentis
Based on The memoir of the same name 
by Beth Raymer
Starring Bruce Willis
Rebecca Hall
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Joshua Jackson
Cinematography Michael McDonough
Edited by Mick Audsley
Distributed by Cheetah Vision
Random House Films
The Weinstein Company
Release dates
  • January 21, 2012 (2012-01-21) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • December 7, 2012 (2012-12-07) (United States)
Running time 94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Box office $1,576,687

Lay the Favorite (promoted as Lay the Favourite in the UK) is a 2012 American comedy film starring Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Joshua Jackson. Based on Beth Raymer's memoir of the same title, the film follows a young, free-spirited woman as she journeys through the legal and illegal world of sports gambling. The film was directed by Stephen Frears.



Filming began in April 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Shooting also took place in New Orleans, and New York City. It was released January 21, 2012.


The film received negative reviews from critics. It holds a 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 47 reviews.

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