The Poker House (2008) - Drama

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A dramatization of Lori Petty's teenage years spent in small town Iowa.

IMDB: 6.4
Director: Lori Petty
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Javon Johnson
Length: 93 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 8 out of 27 found boring (29.62%)

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Director Lori Petty, who also co-wrote the hard-hitting script with David Alan Grier, offers a convincing evocation of the 1970's period setting, maintains an appropriately gritty and unsentimental tone throughout, firmly grounds the story in a plausibly drab and seamy everyday reality, and presents a neat array of colorfully seedy secondary characters.

She is always compelling.

The plot seemed all over the place at times and got boring during sometimes as well.

She plays basketball, does calculus, holds down a local job, keeps the household together and gives dry boring narration about her life and dogs biting.

In fact some of the scenes actually seemed quite pointless.

It dragged on with all these unnecessary scenes that did nothing to advance the plot.

Perhaps due to the evocative nature of the film and my own very early childhood.

As usual, Lawrence's performance was gripping.

Anyway, the movie is a decent watch but it's quite predictable, with no frills.

An interesting plot and well acted characters redress the boring parts of the movie,cause i got tired some times, you can't put a story about a girl struggling with the people around her and to take care of her two sisters into 90 minutes.

It would slow down and speed back up again without much reasoning as to why it was doing it.

Agnes, is coming of age and has a touch of Jungle Fever, which becomes both her demise and finally salvation.

The story is slow.

Anyway if you can look aside stuff like that this still is definitely worth watching.

Playing the little sisters Sophie Bairley and Chloe Grace Moretz prove to have exciting and worth watching futures ahead.

A little hard to follow early on, could be tighter directing.