The Poker House

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"Lust, drugs and violence... no place for a kid."
  • R
  • 2008
  • 1 hr 33 min
  • 6.3  (5,844)

The Poker House is a 2008 drama film that explores the emotional and harrowing experience of growing up in an abusive household. Directed by Lori Petty, the movie is based on her own traumatic childhood experiences. The film features an incredible cast led by Jennifer Lawrence, who delivers an unforgettable performance as Agnes, a young girl dealing with a broken family and the demons that come with it.

The story takes place in a small town in Iowa in the 1970s. Agnes is a teenage girl living with her two sisters and her mother, Sarah, who is a struggling prostitute and drug addict. The family lives in a rundown house that also doubles as a poker spot for local gangsters, led by the menacing Dwain. Agnes is forced to navigate her way through the chaos that the house has become while trying to protect her younger sister, Bee, from the harsh realities of their life.

Throughout the film, we see Agnes confront the trauma of her past and present. Her mother's abuse and neglect weigh heavily on her, as does her best friend's sexual assault by one of Dwain's men. However, she finds solace in the company of her older neighbor, Duval, who looks out for her and tries to give her some stability. Together they share a poignant moment where Duval tells Agnes about her inherent value, something no one had ever told her before.

The Poker House explores themes of poverty, addiction, and abuse with great sensitivity and nuance. Petty's direction is careful and precise, deftly handling the emotional beats of the story without resorting to melodrama. The cast is outstanding, particularly Lawrence, who imbues Agnes with a quiet strength and vulnerability that is awe-inspiring.

The film does not shy away from the brutality of its subject matter, and some scenes can be difficult to watch. But it always maintains a sense of hope that Agnes will one day find her way out of this situation. The ending is both heartbreaking and uplifting, a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

Overall, The Poker House is a must-watch film for anyone interested in deeply emotional drama with a raw and authentic portrayal of a struggling household. The film is a tour-de-force performance by Jennifer Lawrence and a heartfelt exploration of the difficulties of growing up in an abusive household. Highly recommended.

The Poker House is a 2008 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 33 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3.

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    6.3  (5,844)