Lottery Ticket (film)
|Directed by||Erik White|
|Screenplay by||Abdul Williams|
|Story by||Erik White
|Music by||Teddy Castellucci|
|Edited by||Harvey Rosenstock|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Running time||99 minutes|
Lottery Ticket is a 2010 comedy film directed by Erik White and starring Bow Wow, Brandon T. Jackson, Naturi Naughton, Keith David, Charlie Murphy, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Loretta Devine and Ice Cube in lead roles. The storyline is based on the life of Kevin Carson who wins the $370 million lottery, and soon realizes that people from the city are not his real friends, but are after his money. The film released on August 20, 2010.
The film takes place over the Fourth of July weekend as Kevin Carson (Bow Wow), tries to avoid losing his lottery ticket worth $370 million
Kevin lives in the Fillmore Projects with his best friend Benny (Brandon T. Jackson), a small-time unemployed hood, his religious grandmother (Loretta Devine), and college-bound Stacie (Naturi Naughton). On his way to his workstation Foot Locker, they come across the neighborhood bully Lorenzo (Gbenga Akinnagbe) who tells Kevin to hook him and his boys up with three pairs of new Jordans sneakers each. When Lorenzo arrives to pick up the shoes, Kevin snitches on him and his gang, and they are arrested. Kevin is fired from the job and to cheer his mood up, Stacie buys him a fortune cookie, in which he finds playing numbers. He puts the numbers onto a lottery ticket worth $370 million which he bought from Junior's (T-Pain) convenience store even though he doesn't believe in lottery.
The next morning, Kevin sleeps in. Once he wakes up, his grandmother tells him she didn't win the lottery, which reminds Kevin of his ticket. He checks the ticket and his numbers match the winning lottery numbers, making Kevin the winner. Kevin strictly tells his grandma not to tell anybody about this ticket, until he cashes it in and retrieves the winning money. Kevin and Benny go to the lottery office, where he is informed that the office is closed until after the 4th of July weekend, which makes Kevin have to wait three more days to get his money. Meanwhile, his grandmother reveals the secret to the neighborhood gossip, Semaj (Charlie Murphy), and Kevin returns home to find the entire neighborhood waiting in his living room.
Chased by his neighbors into hiding, Kevin wants to tell them the ticket is a fake, but changes his mind at the last second when he sees the respect he has regained. Much to Stacie's chagrin, local hottie Nikki Swazey (Teairra Marí) who before showed no interest in Kevin, asks him out. Kevin is still broke until he can cash the ticket, so he goes to see local mobster Sweet Tee (Keith David) who gives him a $100,000 loan and the services of a driver/bodyguard, Jimmy (Terry Crews). Kevin and his friends burn through the money in one day of shopping. His date with Nikki ends in the revelation that she is only trying to get pregnant by him after he refuses to have sex without a condom.
On his way home, Kevin speaks with Mr. Washington (Ice Cube), a reclusive ex-boxer who tells him how the neighborhood killed his career when he was robbed after he got some money. At church the next day, the pastor's (Mike Epps) service, a thinly veiled plea for part of Kevin's winnings, is interrupted by Lorenzo. Kevin escapes after being chased by Lorenzo, although Jimmy is beaten up badly by Lorenzo and his gang. Later on the roof, Benny offers to hold on to the ticket, but Kevin misinterprets this as another person trying to get his money and the two have an argument. Kevin goes to Stacie's house. After he realizes he needs to use the money to change people's lives, the two kiss and almost have sex, but are interrupted by her mother.
Chased out of the bedroom window, Kevin tells Stacie he loves her and jumps down. Whilst walking home, Kevin is knocked out by Lorenzo and is robbed by him, including the ticket. Without having signed the ticket, Kevin has no proof he purchased it. Kevin is found by Mr. Washington and taken home safely. The next day, Kevin reunites with Benny and the two go looking for Lorenzo to get his ticket back, until they come across Sweet Tee. They learn that Sweet Tee will saw off Kevin's legs at the knee caps, grind them into hamburger meat, and then feed it to his two dogs if he cannot repay the money. Realizing that his predicament was caused after Semaj told everyone he had the ticket, Kevin prints out a new ticket and tells Semaj he tricked Lorenzo by carrying a fake.
A furious Lorenzo comes looking for Kevin, but is interrupted by Sweet Tee, who gut-checks him and takes down Lorenzo. After a while, Lorenzo gets back up and grabs and squeezes Sweet Tee's testicles to subdue him. He then moves in on Kevin and punches him in the nose, and just as he is about to steal the ticket, Lorenzo receives a tap on the shoulder, as soon as he turns around, Mr. Washington appears and gives him a straight upper-cut taking Lorenzo down to the floor, and knocking him out cold. Kevin signs the ticket and later receives the money.
After a few months, Kevin has his own shoe company and has started to make his community a better place by cleaning up the park and starting a foundation. Benny is his CEO, Stacie his future lawyer, and Mr. Washington the new head of security of "Carson Park." In the end, they all meet together and fly off in Kevin's new helicopter.
- Bow Wow as Kevin Carson
- Brandon T. Jackson as Benny
- Naturi Naughton as Stacie
- Loretta Devine as Grandma
- Ice Cube as Jerome "Thump" Washington
- Gbenga Akinnagbe as Lorenzo Mack
- Keith David as Sweet Tee
- Terry Crews as Jimmy
- Charlie Murphy as "Semaj" (James)
- Teairra Mari as Nikki Swazey
- Jason Weaver as Ray Ray
- Leslie Jones as Tasha
- Vince Green as Malik
- Malieek Straughter as Deangelo
- T-Pain as Junior
- Bill Bellamy as Giovanni Watson
- Mike Epps as Reverend Taylor
- IronE Singleton as Neighbor
- Lil Twist as Boy in neighborhood
The film received generally mixed to negative response worldwide, garnering a 34% rating out of 79 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, with the critical consensus reading: "There's a worthwhile message at the heart of Lottery Ticket, but it's buried under stale humor, tired stereotypes, and obvious clichés." On Metacritic, the film holds a score of 50 out of 100, on 24 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
The following is a track listing of songs for the film, Lottery Ticket. Songs marked with an '*' are just songs that can be briefly heard in the film.
Songs featured in the film
- "Workin' Man Blues" - Aceyalone (featuring Bionik)
- "Look At Me Now" - King Juju
- "Lord Rescue Me" - Jason Eskridge
- "If You're Really Hood" - the Handlebars
- "What You Talkin About" - Classic
- "How Low" - Ludacris
- "I Make the Hood Look Good" - T-Drop
- "Tim & Bob Groove 1" - Tim & Bob
- "We Like to Party" - Ben and Family
- "Mysterious Love" - Lamar J and Deshawn Williams (of Take 2)
- "I Be Doin It" - Classic
- "Outta Control" - Envy
- "Gangsta Party" - Classic
- "Southside" - Johnny Ringo
- "I Can Transform Ya"*- Chris Brown
- "Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong
- "Hallelujah (disambiguation)[disambiguation needed]"*
- "All Your Bass" - T-Pain
- "Tim & Bob Groove 2" - Tim & Bob
- "Deez Hips" - Dem Naughty Boyz
- "Oh Happy Day" - Edwin Hawkins Singers
- "Whoa Now" - B Rich
- "Million Bucks" - Maino (featuring Swizz Beatz)
- "Tim & Bob Groove 3" - Tim & Bob
- "I Invented Sex" - Trey Songz (featuring Drake)
- "Standing in the Rain" - Al Green
- "Come By Here My Lord" - Tick Ticker
- "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)" - Alicia Keys (featuring Drake)
- "Let My People Go" - Darondo
- "Take Your Shirt Off" - T-Pain
- "Here to Party" - Classic
- "For My Hood" - Bow Wow (featuring Sean Kingston)