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Lottery Ticket Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

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3.5

Jen Yamato Profile

A 'hood comedy with heart. Read full review

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  • 3.0
    50

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    No one on the creative side has his eyes on the characters, so they flounder in a sea of misguided energy.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Lottery Ticket is no prize.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    If Lottery Ticket had as much conviction as laughs, it could have hit the jackpot.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    This movie's good. It's fast, deftly paced and funny.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Funny but stereotypical, overly violent comedy for teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this urban comedy deals with materialism, greed, crime, and community in the inner city. There's more violence than you might expect in a comedy, including guns, references to torture and prison rape, and several hand-to-hand fights. The relationship between sex and money and the concept of becoming a "baby mama" to ensure "getting paid" is explored, and there are a couple of interrupted not-quite-sex scenes that show a shirtless guy and a lingerie-clad young woman. But despite the violence, the notable consumerism (the movie is almost like one long commercial for Nike Air Jordans), and the regular use of strong language ("s--t" and "ass" being the most frequent), the overall message is positive: that people with means should give back to their communities.

  • Families can talk about the stereotypes in the movie. What are they based on? Do you think it's appropriate to play up stereotypes for humor?
  • What lessons do the characters learn about money and community?
  • How is teenage sexuality handled in the movie? Why does Nikki not want to use protection?
  • The movie deals with consumerism and materialism constantly. What does themovie think people need more -- things or opportunities?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie has mixed messages, but the overall idea is an important one -- that all of us are partly who we are because of where we came from and that if we're lucky enough to have resources, we have a responsibility and a privilege to share those resources with our community. That's the main lesson Kevin learns ... though he also discovers just how money-hungry his friends are and that it's possible to spend $100,000 in just a couple of days. One female character makes a comment about how her body is her lottery ticket, which is a poor message to send girls -- but the movie's other main female character is ambitious and intelligent.

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    Role models: There are a couple of positive role models -- like Kevin's best friends, Stacie and Benny, and neighborhood hermit Mr. Washington -- but the ones who stand out are the iffier ones: the preacher who wants material riches because it's what he "deserves from God," the woman who considers her sexuality her meal ticket out of the projects, and the unredeemed criminal who doesn't think twice about stealing and threatening and using violence to get what he wants. There's also some stereotyping based on race and class.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Lots of references to crime, including an ex-con's threats, jokes about prison rape and torture, fistfights (that lead to bloody mouths), and gun violence. There aren't any all-out brawls, but Kevin is beat up a couple of times, and the ex-con is always making scary threats that he delivers on later.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Several women are shown wearing very skimpy outfits. One woman aggressively goes after the lottery winner and makes it obvious she's a "sure thing." On their date, she tells him that she's slept with many powerful men; later, she tries to have unprotected sex with him (she's in a bra and panties, he's shirtless). They kiss passionately but don't actually have sex; a similar scenario occurs the next day betwen the same guy and a different girl.

  • language false3

    Language: Strong language is used consistently but not in every scene: "Bulls---t," "s--t," "ass," "bitch," "damn," "hell," one "f--k," and the "N" word (said by and to African Americans) are all used more than a few times. Also "screw," "goddamn," and "oh my God."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: The two most obvious product placements are Nike (specifically the Air Jordan line) and Foot Locker, where the protagonist works or shops throughout the movie. Other brands mentioned or featured include Bentley, Hummer limo, and Cherry Coke.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: There's underage drinking at a romantic dinner, since Kevin is only 18 (no mention is made of his date's age). People have cans in their hands at a barbecue, but it's unclear whether it's beer. Vague references to a character or two being involved in the drug trade, but it's not overt, and there's no drug use on screen.

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