Lottery Ticket – Review



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The numbers may match but it is far from being a winner

 

What would you do with a million dollars? It’s a question that has been asked a time or two with friends and acquaintances. Mike Judge’s 1999 satire on workplace mentality, Office Space, asked the same question to which one character responded with a dead-face stare, “two chicks at the same time.” A million dollars and all the guy wants to have sex with two chicks. Well, that’s double the pleasure that Robert Redford experienced in Indecent Proposal.

In Lottery Ticket Lottery Prediction Togel Singapura, our hero doesn’t share the same goal. A recent high school graduate, Kevin (rapper-turned-actor Bow Wow) is a good guy who works at Foot Locker, lives with his grandma (Loretta Devine) and dreams of becoming of shoe designer. That last tidbit is divulged haphazardly by his friend-who-is-a-girl-but-not-his-girlfriend Stacie (Naturi Naughton), who says he should attend design school. One would presume designing buildings, not shoes. The whole shoe designer dream is a non sequitur in relation to the story, especially one about becoming a millionaire 370 times over. The use оf internet became common place аnd inexpensive and wаѕ crucial to the еѕtаblіѕhmеnt of onlіnе gаmblіng sites. The period 2000 to 2006 was a boom time for the online gambling industry. This is because online gambling offers many advantages over land based gambling. The biggest advantage is that players can engage in online gambling from home. All that they need is a home computer or lap top with an Internet connection. Players no longer have to spend money to travel to the casino. No spending time and money to travel to casinos or going on holidays to Las Vegas. Players can come home and immediately log on to qq39bet and start playing.

The comedy tries to accomplish many things and ultimately fails at all of them. The laughs are few with some of the punch lines bordering on offensive, and the positive message it tries to instill seems like it was added to the script on set – to make sure the filmmakers could illicit laughter and provide a positive message. The story, which could have been a social commentary about newfound wealth in the projects, instead is undermined by caricatures and African-American stereotypes. It’s all about making fun of those stereotypes than finding the humor in the situations that arise because of a winning lottery ticket.

Watch out Tyler Perry, it looks like you aren’t the only one who can be obvious when it comes to stereotyping.

Prior to winning the lottery, Kevin encounters all the personalities around his Atlanta housing project that would later come out of the woodwork and act like his best friend just so they can be in his good graces and get a handout. This would include the neighborhood harlot (Teairra Mari), who would like nothing better than for him to be her baby daddy, and Semaj (Charlie Murphy) – that’s James spelled backwards – who wants to hit up some strip clubs and make it rain. Then there’s the local thug Lorenzo (Gbenga Akinnagbe) who will take the ticket by any means necessary. Unfortunately for Kevin, because the lottery numbers are announced just before the 4th of July weekend, he has to survive four days in the projects before claiming his check.

As smart and well meaning as he is, Kevin’s ineptitude pops up on more than one occasion. He’ll become a reluctant buddy to a crime boss named Sweet Tee (Keith David), yet question the motivations of his best friend (Brandon T. Jackson) when he offers to hold the ticket until the brouhaha with Lorenzo blows over. Or he’ll mistake the generosity of the neighborhood shut-in (Ice Cube) as a way to claim the millions for himself.

Transitioning from music videos to feature film, Erik White’s debut is a mixed bag for sure. He shares story credit with Abdul Williams and it’s evident he can’t comfortably blend broad comedy with the realities of ghetto life. So instead we get some very sitcomish slapstick with syrupy melodrama.

Still, the comedy offers one saving grace in Ice Cube. As the recluse he has evolved as a rapper-turned-actor. While I don’t like the idea of musicians shifting between mediums, at least Cube has tried to be more than just another rapper in a movie. His character in the film is one of the smallest roles but has the most substance as we learn his history and why he chose to shut himself in from the rest of the world.

Lottery Ticket could have been a winner despite its predictability, but instead its filmmakers took the easy route and favored stereotypes over all else.


Director: Erik White
Notable Cast: Bow Wow, Brandon T. Jackson, Naturi Naughton, Loretta Devine, Ice Cube, Keith David, Terry Crews, Mike Epps, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Charlie Murphy
Writer(s): Abdul Williams, Story by Erik White and Abdul Williams

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