LAY THE FAVORITE Trailer Hits the Jackpot

In the world of sports gambling, there are a lot of colorful characters who claim to have the inside track on the right horse or the next Cinderella. But Lay the Favorite dramatizes the true story of perhaps the unlikeliest Svengali: Beth Raymer, a stripper whose winning personality and mathematical aptitude made her a successful Vegas handicapper.  Coming to DVD and Blu-ray on March 5, Lay the Favorite is directed by Stephen Frears and stars Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Joshua Jackson. Check out the trailer and synopsis below:

Get ready to get lucky! Professional odds-maker Dink (Bruce Willis) is running a small-time sports gambling enterprise when a former stripper named Beth (Rebecca Hall) promises to help him score big — and turns his world upside down. With his connections and her knack for numbers, the lucrative business of sports betting will never be the same. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Joshua Jackson round out the talented cast of misfits who are willing to risk everything for their dreams. Sly and sexy, heart-warming and hilarious, LAY THE FAVORITE, directed by Stephen Frears, delivers laughs and thrills in this vivid exposé of the world of gambling based on the Beth Raymer’s best-selling memoir, “Lay the Favorite: A Memoir of Gambling.”

What’s your favorite “underdog” movie?  Let us know in the comments!  (And please don’t say it’s Underdog!)

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Eric Ambler is a film critic and correspondent for Screen Invasion, as well as the founder of Ambler Amblog ( His parents named him after a Welsh spy novelist they found in a reference book. Someday he will get around to watching all the VHS tapes he bought at Goodwill.