Lottery Ticket

Lottery Ticket
Lottery Ticket
  • PG-13
  • 1h 39m
  • 2010
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One very lucky 18 year old living in the projects realizes everything is about to change when he discovers he is holding the winning Lottery Ticket. One slip of paper is his ticket out. Fortune, a life of ease, everything he could ever want ... and everything that all of his neighbors could ever want as well. When word gets out that the holder of the winning ticket lives in the projects, everyone inside will do anything to get their hands on it! Now, all one young man has to do is keep his head down, keep his secret to himself and hold on to one small scrap of paper for three days before he can redeem it.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: There's a worthwhile message at the heart of Lottery Ticket, but it's buried under stale humor, tired stereotypes, and obvious clichés.
Miami Herald
Rene Rodriguez

March 2, 2019
Chicago Reader
Patrick Friel

No doubt the characters are stereotypes, but the performances are handled with a knowing wink and...

June 22, 2017
I.E. Weekly
Amy Nicholson

There are enough stereotypes in here to get Dr. Laura frothing at the mouth -- and enough menace t...

June 22, 2017
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Kevin C. Johnson

It all comes off a bit like an extended episode of "Everybody Hates Chris" with really bad languag...

June 22, 2017
Detroit News
Tom Long

Let's call it four out of six numbers, with no power bonus. Some payoff, but don't quit your job.

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Funny but stereotypical, overly violent comedy for teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this urban comedy deals with materialism, greed, crime, and community in the inner city. There's more violence than you might expect in a comedy, including guns, references to torture and prison rape, and several hand-to-hand fights. The relationship between sex and money and the concept of becoming a "baby mama" to ensure "getting paid" is explored, and there are a couple of interrupted not-quite-sex scenes that show a shirtless guy and a lingerie-clad young woman. But despite the violence, the notable consumerism (the movie is almost like one long commercial for Nike Air Jordans), and the regular use of strong language ("s--t" and "ass" being the most frequent), the overall message is positive: that people with means should give back to their communities.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:August 20, 2010
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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