This summer brought a parade of blockbusters to the box office, but for those of you who struggled with the convoluted plot-lines of, say, Inception or Salt – you’re in luck. Warner Bros and Alcon Entertainment are releasing an even more dim-witted film suited for audiences of all IQ levels! Lottery Ticket opens nation-wide this weekend starring Bow Wow, Brandon T. Jackson, and Naturi Naughton.

Check out the review below…

The Players:

  • Director: Erik White
  • Writers: Erik White, Abdul Williams
  • Cast: Bow Wow, Brandon T. Jackson, Naturi Naughton, Loretta Devine

The Plot:

Kevin Carson (Bow Wow) lives in the projects and works at Footlocker while dodging the slings and arrows of “the hood”. His grandmother (Devine) is a fervent player of the weekly lottery, and when she sends Kevin to pick up her ticket, he jokingly buys one too. Here’s where the story REALLY throws you a curve ball: He wins! But can’t claim his money for three days because it’s fourth of July weekend and most of corporate America shuts down…an upsetting coincidence. Can he hold onto his 370 million dollar ticket without getting mugged and having it stolen? Oh boy, let’s hope.

The Good:

  • Humor: The aforementioned plot clearly indicates how tremendously inane and predictable this story is. Regardless, I spent the majority of the screening in a fit of laughter – the dialogue is hysterical and White left no stereotype unmentioned.
  • Acting: No, we don’t stumble on any Meryl Streep’s in the projects, but I feel obliged to give credit where it’s due: under the given circumstances of this foolish story and it’s equally foolish characters – the cast was solid. 99% of this film’s dialogue is dreadfully cheesy but these actors, specifically Bow Wow, delivered well.
  • “Pay-Off”: So, Carson’s now a millionaire. Instead of transforming his life into a T-Pain video, he utilizes his newfound wealth for the better of the community. He whips the projects into shape and reforms the neighborhood! How noble.

The Bad:

  • It’s difficult to designate good and bad attributes of a film like Lottery Ticket because what should be perceived as “bad” aspects of the film are the aspects that make it so entertaining. No, Lottery Ticket will not make an appearance at the Golden Globes this year – but it could make a great appearance on your living room television with a bag of chips and a couple of beers. There is always room for senseless movies like these, right? So as far as “The Bad” is concerned – I’ll let you decide.


If you’re in the mood for mindless laughter, this is right up your alley.

Rating: 4/10

Lottery Ticket is in theaters August 20th!


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