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LOTTERY TICKET - the Numbers Game

In Theatres Friday, August 20, 2010

By Miv Evans

This film is described as a comedy drama and, as the person sitting next to me laughed once, I’ll go along with the comedy but, as regards the latter, I’ve seen more drama in the late afternoon line at the local post office when a customer has given the only clerk on duty the paperwork for a passport.  Now that is drama.  (Note: although I didn’t join in the exchange I do agree that a specific officer should be responsible for passports but I don’t agree that just because a female clerk sticks up for herself and wears a shirt that she’s a lesbian).

Kevin Carson lives in the projects with his grandmother and works in a local shoe store.  He’s just graduated from school but can’t afford to go to college.  However, his luck changes when he decides, for the first time in his life, to buy a lottery ticket.

His numbers come up and he’s the only winner of the $370 million prize but, when he goes to make his claim, the Lottery Office is closed for the holidays and he has to wait three days before he can claim his check.

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Kevin is a very nice guy.  He’s unassuming, sweet to his grandmother, kind to strangers, polite to his colleagues and gets on well with his friends.  So as a person, he’s most likeable, but as a lead character in a film, he sucks.   And it gets worse.  Kevin’s grandmother is loving and a domestic goddess, his best friend loyal and honest and his love interest a sensible young woman who never misses church on Sundays. 

However, as we all know, money can make even the most beautiful people ugly, so we sit in our seats and wait for the good to stumble and expose, layer by layer, the flaws that poverty had hidden so well.  But, disappointingly, this just doesn’t happen and all we get is a superficial story with the bad guys being as one dimensional as the good, all trundling through a series of events that tell us nothing that we don’t see on the screen which is, at best, tedious.

The idea of making a film about the three days before a winner picks up the lottery check is a great concept and the perfect setting on which to build tension.  It was also an opportunity to pull us into the prospect of extreme wealth, and make us wonder if we would try for a slice of the pie, and expose ourselves to the world as frauds and make us wonder if deep down, we could be  shallow.

Distributed by Warner Bros
US & Canada Release 20th August, 2010
European Release TBA

Miv Evans is a British businesswoman who relocated to Los Angeles in 2005. She previously had a comedy drama commissioned by BBC TV and sold her first film to REN Media International in 2008 which she wrote, directed and produced. She is also the Director of The Trailer Film Festival which she founded in 2009. Read reviews of current and upcoming new movies by Miv, watch movie trailers and participate in Fandango's online movie ratings.

Photo: (L-r) BOW WOW as Kevin Carson and LORETTA DEVINE as Grandma in Alcon Entertainment's comedy "LOTTERY TICKET," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by David Lee.

Lottery Ticket Movie Synopsis

Kevin Carson (Bow Wow) a young man living in the projects, is just an ordinary guy...until he wins $370 million in the Mondo Millions Lottery.

That's the good news.

The bad news is, the lottery claim office is closed for the long Fourth of July weekend, so, before he can collect his prize, Kevin is going to have to figure out how to keep a lid on his good fortune and survive the next three days.

As news of his windfall spreads through the community like a grass fire, Kevin quickly discovers the good, the bad and the ugly in his closest friends and neighbors.

Girls who could never be bothered before start chasing him down. Everyone wants a piece of him--including the reverend, the local loan shark and one very threatening recent parolee won't take no for an answer.

On edge and on the run, he even begins to question the intentions of his best friend, Benny (Brandon T. Jackson).

He also starts to realize the power he holds in his hands and what this lottery ticket could really mean to him, his future, and the community.

It's funny what people will do when money is involved.

The film's all-star ensemble cast is led by Bow Wow ("The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift"), Brandon T. Jackson ("Tropic Thunder"), Naturi Naughton ("Fame"), Keith David ("All About Steve"), Charlie Murphy ("Frankenhood"), Gbenga Akinnagbe ("The Wire"), Terry Crews ("Terminator Salvation," TBS series "Are We There Yet?"), Loretta Devine ("Crash") and Ice Cube ("First Sunday," "Are We There Yet?"). It also stars Bill Bellamy ("Any Given Sunday," TV's "October Road"), Mike Epps ("The Hangover") and Faheem Najm, better known as Grammy Award-winner T-Pain.

"Lottery Ticket" is directed by Erik White, marking his feature directorial debut. The screenplay is by Abdul Williams, from a story by Erik White & Abdul Williams.

Lottery Ticket is produced by Mark Burg and Oren Koules, producers on all of the "Saw" horror hits; Alcon Entertainment's Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson, who recently produced the Academy Award®-nominated smash "The Blind Side"; and Matt Alvarez, whose producing credits include "Are We There Yet?" and its sequel, "Are We Done Yet?" Ice Cube ("Beauty Shop"), Timothy M. Bourne ("The Blind Side") and Steven P. Wegner ("Racing Stripes") serve as executive producers, with co-producers Brad Kaplan, Andrew Wilson and Yolanda T. Cochran.

The behind-the-scenes creative team is led by director of photography Patrick Cady ("The Stepfather"), production designer Roshelle Berliner ("Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire"), editor Harvey Rosenstock ("Tombstone") and costume designer Sandra Hernandez ("Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist").
Music for "Lottery Ticket" is composed by Teddy Castellucci ("The Wedding Singer"). Dave Jordan and Jojo Villanueva ("Iron Man") are the music supervisors.

Alcon Entertainment presents a Burg-Koules Production, a Cube Vision Production, the comedy "Lottery Ticket." Rated PG-13 by the MPAA for "sexual content, language including a drug reference, some violence and brief underage drinking," it will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Official Wedb site: www.lotteryticketmovie.com

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