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      The Poker House

      R 2008 1 hr. 33 min. Drama List
      63% 8 Reviews Tomatometer 65% 10,000+ Ratings Audience Score Agnes and her two sisters struggle through the day in a home overrun by gamblers, thieves, and johns. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member What I think of this movie or what anybody thinks about this movie is completely irrelevant to whether or not you should screen it. Of course you should; otherwise you missed something in the world of cinema. Maybe you missed Lori Petty in Point Break; well, you better go and screen that first. You'll wonder, What happend to her? Lori Petty OBVIOUSLY shoulda been a major star. Well, she was headed that way, cast as Lieutenant Huxley in Demolition Man. Two days after they started filming Demolition Man, she got fired, replaced by somebody else (who did an okay job.) So here we are many years later witnessing a stormy period in Hollywood, with Harvey Weinstein getting 23 years behind bars, and somewhere along the line Lori Petty somehow got The Poker House made. Let me try to shorten this up: There was a "test" proposed for feature films, that you count how many seconds of dialogue there was between any two women. It's almost always less than a minute total. So here's a movie shot by a woman telling a women's story -- a story from the women's POV -- and it's got a LOT of woman-to-woman interaction; drama. The Poker House is hard to watch; sorry about that. I personally can't stand Bad-Dad movies -- gratuitous bad Dad characters, in this case Agnes's dad the preacher. Nothing like that matters; watch the movie. You have to watch it if only to see what it looks like in retrospect, when a huge star that Jennifer Lawrence turned out to be is just getting started. How did Jennifer Lawrence end up in The Poker House? Simple -- who knew? Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Jennifer Lawrence best performance ever!!! How no one noticed this movie before? Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member After seeing Jennifer Lawrence in " The Hunger Games " she caught my attention ever since. This film was good, the storyline is slow, but maintaining viewer interest, Jennifer Lawrence brings a good performance to the table, and it delivers good. Its a bit hard to watch, especially if you believe that its based on a true story experience, but you will remember the storyline and appreciate the strength of the main characters. As that being said I give " The Poker House " a C. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Review: This is quite a deep drama about a young girl (Lawrence), who looks after her young sister while her drug taking mum is getting pimped out by her boyfriend. The movie follows her struggle to keep it together while her mum is holding parties in her house with various men coming in and out of her house. She's also an inspiring basketball player who wants to make a better life for herself but her day to day life at home, with hardly anything to eat, really gets her down. The acting from a young Jennifer Lawrence, was great and she made her character seem very realistic. The storyline was quite deep and emotional and you can't help but feel for these young girls who really don't get any love from there mum. I didn't quite get the story about Chloe Grace Moretz but she also put in a great performance, at such a young age. Its a shame that you don't get to visually see how Agnes's life turned out, especially as it's based on a true story, but it's a watchable, small movie which got its point across well. Watchable!  Round-Up: I think that the main problem with this film is that we have seen this type of story, many times before. The main draw to the movie, for me, is the fact that that Jennifer Lawrence is in it and I haven't really seen her play a role like this before. It does show that the girl can really act and that she can do other roles away from the famous Katniss in the Hunger Games. Although the movie was only made 7 years ago, Lawrence and Moretz look extremely young and it's amazing how far they have come since this movie. Selma Blair, whose been in the Hellboy franchise and Legally Blonde, played the drug taking mum quite well and she also had some emotional alongside Lawrence. Anyway, the movie is a decent watch but it's quite predictable, with no frills. I recommend this movie to people who are into their emotional dramas about a young girl whose trying to find a way out because her mums on drugs and gets pimped out by her boyfriend. 4/10 Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member "The Poker House" is the directorial debut of Lori Petty and the first leading role for Jennifer Lawrence. I would like to start by saying that Jennifer Lawrence kills in her role as Agnes. This lady is now such a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood and she still has a very long career . Because I am such a fan of Lawrence's people kept asking me to watch this movie. I must say the acting was great. Selma Blair plays a prostitute that lives in her whore house with her daughters and an abusive pimp named Duval. Blair was very believable in her role and a very young Chloe Grace Moretz was great, cute, and extremely likeable as the here sisters. You care and feel for these girls and you really root for Agnes to get out of the "Hell" she is living in because of her mother. The problem I had is I felt that there was too personal of a connection with the director and the tone of the film really shows that. This is not a movie for everyone. There are some really disturbing scenes in this movie. For a directorial debut, I thought this is a perfect film to grab peoples attention, and talent is showcased all the way around. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Good movie, bad ending. It ended way to soon with out us finding out what happened to everyone. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Critics Reviews

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      Stephen Farber Hollywood Reporter While the film has strong moments and performances, it illustrates the dangers of overly personal filmmaking. Nov 17, 2014 Full Review Peter Debruge Variety Overall, the pacing feels languid to the point of meandering, relying too heavily on old soul records (and a final eight-track sing-along) for momentum and energy. Nov 17, 2014 Full Review Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times Regardless of whether the film is all fiction or all true or a mix, it has a ring of truth about it strong enough to sustain a defy-all-odds finish. Rated: 4/5 Jul 20, 2009 Full Review Debbie Lynn Elias Behind The Lens Lori Petty, we are all thankful for you and for The Poker House. Nov 13, 2019 Full Review Kevin Carr 7M Pictures The movie seemed to point a finger at its own audience and scold it for its ignorance of this problem and apparent unwillingness to help. Rated: 1/5 Mar 2, 2011 Full Review Andrew L. Urban Urban Cinefile One of those autobiographical films... like Running With Scissors... that shows how children can survive and even prosper emotionally, spiritually (eventually) despite a ghastly childhood Dec 12, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Agnes and her two sisters struggle through the day in a home overrun by gamblers, thieves, and johns.
      Lori Petty
      David Alan Grier, Lori Petty
      Production Co
      The Poker House
      R (Language|Drug/Alcohol Abuse|Disturbing Content Inv. Minor|Rape|Sexual Content)
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 20, 2016
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