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Lottery Ticket fails to gamble 

Erik White's newest plays it music-montage safe instead of hitting the jackpot with smart satire.

Glimpses of insight pop up throughout Lottery Ticket, hinting at the smart satire it could have been if the filmmakers didn’t play it so music-montage safe. After winning the $370 million jackpot his project neighbours have salivated over, straight arrow Kevin (Bow Wow) tries to do the right thing with his wealth. Like anyone, Kevin just wants to take care of his family and friends, score with hot women and buy $5,000 sneakers, but his victory brings unwanted attention from gold-diggers and gang-bangers. The script delivers some pointed observations about the particular ways money can corrupt impoverished communities, yet its scenes of free-spending fantasy revel in excess consumerism as much as critique it. Despite its punch-pulling, though, Lottery Ticket manages to land a few good shots of smart humour.

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