Film: Energised caper comes unstuck

Reviewed: Lay the Favourite. Directed by Stephen Frears. Rating: 2/5. Himizu. Directed by Sion Sono. Rating: 3/5.

23rd June, 2012
Joshua Jackson and Rebecca Hall in Lay the Favourite.

Reviewed: Lay the Favourite

**Rating:** 2/5

Having never knowingly made the same film twice in a 40-year career, British director Stephen Frears follows his middle-England bedroom farce Tamara Drewe with this flashy adaptation of Beth Raymer's 2010 memoir **Lay the Favourite**, a soft-boiled true-crime caper that leaps out of the gate but fades badly in the final furlong.

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