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The Poker House

The Poker House (2008)

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After making a name for herself as an actress in A League of Their Own (1992) and Tank Girl (1995), Lori Petty (with actor/comedian David Alan Grier) penned The Poker House (2008), not to be confused with Lady Gaga’s music video Poker Face (2008). Also known as Behind Closed Doors, the heavy drama is drawn from Ms. Petty’s own troubled childhood. As an emerging director, Lori was smart enough to cast a young Jennifer Lawrence, who would later gain international fame for winning an Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and starring in The Hunger Games (2012-2015) and X-Men franchises (2011-2019) as well as Chloë Grace Moretz, who would appear in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo (2011) and Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows (2012) soon after. The script depicts one day in the life of teenaged Agnes (Lawrence) who must take care of her younger sisters Bee (Sophi Bairley) and Cammie (Moretz) since their mother (Selma Blair) is a drug addict and prostitute. Per the manipulation of her pimp Duval (Bokeem Woodbine), Mommie Dearest turns tricks at the poker house where dudes come to play poker and then poke her. Even when she’s off the clock, Ms. Blair finds time to flash her black panties and treat us to a slip of the nip! The movie also includes Casey Tutton, Danielle Campbell, Javon Johnson, Kymberly Mellen, and glimpses of J-Law’s greatness. In fact, the Los Angeles Film Festival recognized her screen presence with its Outstanding Performance Award. Suffice it to say, a star is born!