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RBCrickmar's rating of the film Lay the Favorite

Stephen Frears is the definition of a jobbing director, with about the only auteurist trademark that he brings to every project being his exceptional ability to eke quality performances from his actors. Here Rebecca Hall is unrecognisable as the ditzy showgirl with a keen facility for numbers, whilst Willis delivers an unusually comic performance as a neurotic bookmaker and CZ-J gets to swear with some bravado.