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Lottery Ticket

Lottery Ticket
Bow Wow, Ice Cube, Brandon T. Jackson, Naturi Naughton, Keith David and Loretta Devine

Rated: PG-13 
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: August 20, 2010 Released by: Warner Brothers

We expect Lottery Ticket to be about how Bow Wow's Kevin Carson character spends his stunning big lottery win, but the script never allows him to get to the spending part, because winning on a holiday weekend requires him to wait from Friday to Tuesday before he can get his hands on the three hundred seventy million dollars. The story dwells on what happed as folks in his neighborhood begin to learn that he has the ticket.

Carson is the good kid on the block in public housing, he has great support from grandma Loretta Devine (Death at a Funeral) but his loose lips sink his secret ship and before Tuesday arrives he has a series of adventures with friends, enemies and gangsters. His best friend hyper active Benny (Brandon T. Jackson) is the wrong person to confide in and the entire community soon is aware he is the first millionaire to come from the neighborhood. Everyone wants to get in on the goodies.

But most of the characters are treated as temperamental fools by Director Erik White except for the hermit (Ice Cube) who only has a part to play at the end.

Mike Epps as Reverend Taylor sees the light and praises the lord in a creative dancing sermon when he receives the word on the lottery as he looks for funds for a new church. He is actually quite comical in his role. In counter point the seducing vamp is so transparent even Bow Wow could have figured her out when he was five, it takes a little longer here to give her a little exposure.

This little film about a small close community preaches a little but mostly reaches for silly embarrassment and brings little satisfaction.

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