We’ve all fantasized about winning the big lottery, and what we would do with the winnings. But what of the aftermath of winning with all of the attention, press, and contact from friends, relatives, and neighbors is an aspect that we just might not be ready, is presented in ‘Lottery Ticket’!
Kevin Carson (Bow Wow) is a young man living in the projects. He works at a shoe store with dreams and aspirations. On his way to work, he buys the usual lottery ticket numbers for his grandmother (Loretta Devine) who’s raising him and decides to get a second ticket based on numbers he received in a fortune cookie.
To his absolute surprise, he wins $370 million! When he and his lifelong best friend (Brandon T. Jackson) arrive at the lottery office to cash in the winning ticket, they find the office is closed for a 3 day holiday weekend. They decide to keep the fact that he’s won secret until it opens. Once his grandmother inadvertently slips and the secret leaks out, his mission becomes, surviving the long three-day weekend!
‘Lottery Ticket’ presents a comedic look at milieu of friends, relatives, neighbors, and not so friendly adversaries for the winner with serious lessons on friendship, dreams, and alliances. ‘Lottery Ticket’ is another production from ‘Cube Vision’, Ice Cube’s production company who stepped aside from the usual starring role in his productions for a co-starring character. When his character finally makes the screen appearance, the audience at the screening applauded!
‘Lottery Ticket’ is the 16th production from Cube Vision since 2000 and the box office hit ‘Next Friday’ along with the ‘Barbershop’ movies. As always with a Cube Vision production, one can expect interesting characters, outrageous situations, and ‘in your face’ metaphors, all grounded with serious lessons on the important aspects of living life. ‘Lottery Ticket’ stays true to form, and is a fun ride along the way! 2 1/2 of 5 stars
Starring Bow Wow, Brandon T. Jackson, Naturi Naughton, Loretta Devine, Ice Cube, Keith David, Terry Crews, and Mike Epps.
Directed by Erik White; written by Abdul Williams. Warner Bros. Pictures release. Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language including a drug reference, some violence and brief underage drinking.
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