The Poker HouseThe film follows Agnes and her two sisters as they struggle through a day in a home where her mother is strung out on drugs, her home has been overrun by degenerates, and her only father figure is a pimp.Genre: DramaCountry: United StatesDuration: 93 minQuality: HDRelease: 2008IMDb: 6.5
Critic Reviews of "The Poker House"
Hollywood ReporterNovember 17, 2014
While the film has strong moments and performances, it illustrates the dangers of overly personal filmmaking.
VarietyNovember 17, 2014
Overall, the pacing feels languid to the point of meandering, relying too heavily on old soul records (and a final eight-track sing-along) for momentum and energy.
Los Angeles TimesJuly 20, 2009
Regardless of whether the film is all fiction or all true or a mix, it has a ring of truth about it strong enough to sustain a defy-all-odds finish.
L.A. WeeklyJuly 16, 2009
The Poker House is one of the most personal, wounded films in years. That it is also one of the most confused reflects how deeply it springs from the psyche of its director.
7M PicturesMarch 02, 2011
The movie seemed to point a finger at its own audience and scold it for its ignorance of this problem and apparent unwillingness to help.
Urban CinefileDecember 12, 2009
One of those autobiographical films... like Running With Scissors... that shows how children can survive and even prosper emotionally, spiritually (eventually) despite a ghastly childhood
Movie MetropolisAugust 19, 2009
...the acting is so good and the girls' struggle to rise above their oppression is so affecting, it's hard to knock the film's intentions.
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Jennifer LawrenceBirth date: 15 August 1990, Louisville, Kentucky, USADescription: America's Sweetheart and star of the wildly popular Hunger Games series, Jennifer Lawrence is the first, and thus far only, person born in the 1990s to have received an acting Oscar (for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)).Lawrence was born Jennifer Shrader Lawrence on August 15, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Karen (Koch), who manages a children's camp, and Gary Lawrence, who works in construction. She has two older brothers, Ben and Blaine, and has English, German, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.Her career began when she traveled to Manhattan at the age of fourteen. After conducting her first cold read, agents told her mother that "it was the best cold read by a 14- year-old they had ever heard", and tried to convince her stage mother that she needed to spend the summer in Manhattan. After leaving the agency, Jen was spotted by an agent in the midst of shooting an H&M ad and asked to take her picture. The next day, that agent followed up with her and invited her to the studio for a cold read audition. Again, the agents were highly impressed and strongly urged her mother to allow her to spend the summer in New York City. As fate would have it, she did, and subsequently appeared in commercials such as MTV's "My Super Sweet 16" and played a role in the movie, The Devil You Know (2013).Shortly thereafter, her career forced her and her family to move to Los Angeles, where she was cast in the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show (2007), and in smaller movies like The Poker House (2008) and The Burning Plain (2008).Her big break came when she played Ree in Winter's Bone (2010), which landed her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. Shortly thereafter, she secured the role of Mystique in franchise reboot X: First Class (2011), which went on to be a hit in Summer 2011. Around this time, Lawrence scored the role of a lifetime when she was cast as Katniss Everdeen in the big-screen adaptation of literary sensation The Hunger Games (2012). The film went on to become one of the highest-grossing movies ever with over $407 million at the domestic box office, and instantly propelled Lawrence to the A-list among young actors/actresses. Three Hunger Games sequels were released in each consecutive November, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015), with Lawrence reprising her role.In 2012, the romantic comedy, Silver Linings Playbook earned her the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Satellite Award and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress, among other accolades, making her the youngest person ever to be nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Actress and the second-youngest Best Actress winner.She starred in David O. Russell's popular drama-comedy American Hustle (2013), as Roselyn Rosenfield, and teamed with the director again to play inventor Joy Mangano in another family comedy, Joy (2015), receiving Oscar nominations for both roles (Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress, respectively).
Javon JohnsonBirth date: 15 August 1990, Louisville, Kentucky, USADescription: Javon Johnson is an actor and writer, known for Dogma (1999), The Poker House (2008) and Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004).
Sophi BairleyBirth date: 15 August 1990, Louisville, Kentucky, USADescription: Sophi Bairley is an actress and assistant director, known for The Poker House (2008), Other People (2016) and Canvas (2006).
Bokeem WoodbineBirth date: 13 April 1973, New York City, New York, USADescription: Bokeem Woodbine grew up in Harlem New York. At the age of 19, he secured the lead role in the HBO production of Forest Whitaker's directorial debut Strapped (1993). Bokeem moved to Los Angeles shortly after completing the film Jason's Lyric (1994), and has pursued his dream of becoming a noteworthy film actor while balancing a passion for musical expression. Along the way he has appeared alongside Oscar- wining actors and worked with many of today's top directors, producers, and networks. To date he has appeared in biographical movies, like "Ray," comedies like "Life," horror, "Devil," and most recently science fiction, in the much anticipated feature film, "Riddick." Bokeem respects the responsibilities inherent in taking on any role, and enjoys the process.
Chloë Grace MoretzBirth date: 10 February 1997, Atlanta, Georgia, USADescription: Chloë Grace Moretz was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Teri (Duke), a nurse, and McCoy Lee Moretz, a plastic surgeon. She has four brothers, all older, including actor Trevor Duke-Moretz. Her ancestry is mostly German and English.Chloë's first two appearances were as Violet in two episodes of the series The Guardian (2001). Her first movie role was as Molly in Heart of the Beholder (2005), a story about a family that opened the first video rental store in 1980. This was followed by a small role in Family Plan (2005) as Young Charlie. After that, however, came Chloe's biggest role, and the one that made her famous: The Amityville Horror (2005), the remake of the famous The Amityville Horror (1979). Next she landed a small role in Today You Die (2005) as the Little Girl, and has since appeared in Room 6 (2006) and Big Momma's House 2 (2006). She filmed Wicked Little Things (2006) in Bulgaria, in which she plays Emma Tunney. In 2007 she completed The Third Nail (2007), in which she appeared as Hailey Deonte.In 2010 she appeared as Hit-Girl in director Matthew Vaughn's action film Kick-Ass (2010), based on the comic book series of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. Although her role in the violent action film engendered some controversy, she received widespread critical acclaim for her portrayal. Moretz trained with Jackie Chan's stunt crew for three months prior to filming "Kick-Ass" and did most of her own stunts in the film. Also that year she played Abby, a 12-year-old vampire, in Let Me In (2010), the UK/US remake of the Swedish film Låt den rätte komma in (2008), which was released on October 1, 2010. She played Ann Sliger in the crime thriller Texas Killing Fields (2011), released on October 14, 2011.Chloe next played Isabelle in Martin Scorsese's Hugo (2011), a film adaptation of "The Invention of Hugo Cabret". "Hugo", which was nominated for 11 Oscars, co-starred Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helen McCrory. Moretz then starred in Hick (2011), an adaptation of the novel by Andrea Portes. She was in Tim Burton's Dark Shadows (2012), based on the iconic TV series Dark Shadows (1966), playing the role of Carolyn Stoddard, a rebellious teenage daughter.In 2013 she reprised her role as Hit-Girl in the sequel Kick-Ass 2 (2013), which received mixed reviews, but once again her performance was highly praised. The same year she also appeared in a short segment in Movie 43 (2013) and played the title character in Carrie (2013), a remake of Carrie (1976), based on a Stephen King story and directed by Kimberly Peirce. In January 2013 Moretz was chosen to play Mia in the film adaptation of Gayle Forman's If I Stay (2014), which was released in August 2014. On January 16, 2014, it was announced Moretz would appear in an off-Broadway show directed by Steven Soderbergh entitled "The Library".In 2014 Chloë was in six films: a cameo as a newspaper girl in Muppets Most Wanted (2014), the female lead of prostitute Teri alongside Denzel Washington in The Equalizer (2014) and teenage party girl Annika with Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell in Laggies (2014). In December she played the role of very young Hollywood actress with a scandalous reputation Jo-Ann Ellis alongside Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche in Clouds of Sils Maria (2014).In April it was announced that Chloë would be playing the lead role of Cassie Sullivan in The 5th Wave (2016), another adaptation similar to The Hunger Games (2012), alongside Nick Robinson and Alex Roe. It was later announced that Chloë would play the lead female role of Digger in the movie adaptation of Sam Munson's novel "November Criminals". Moretz's character is the best friend of Addison Schacht, played by Ansel Elgort,
Casey TuttonBirth date: 10 February 1997, Atlanta, Georgia, USADescription: Casey Tutton is an actress, known for The Poker House (2008), The Swing (2007) and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009).
Matthew GerdischBirth date: 10 February 1997, Atlanta, Georgia, USADescription: Matthew Gerdisch is an actor, known for The Poker House (2008), Never (2009) and Family Practice (2008).
Robert GerdischBirth date: 10 February 1997, Atlanta, Georgia, USADescription: Robert Gerdisch is an actor, known for Man of Steel (2013), The Poker House (2008) and Children of the Corn (2009).
Lucas EllmanBirth date: 10 February 1997, Atlanta, Georgia, USADescription: Lucas Ellman is known for his work on The Express (2008), The Poker House (2008) and Love. Blood. Kryptonite. (2008).
Kymberly MellenBirth date: 10 February 1997, Atlanta, Georgia, USADescription: Kymberly Mellen is an actress, known for The Unborn (2009), The Poker House (2008) and The Cokeville Miracle (2015).
Andrew RothenbergBirth date: 26 January 1969, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Andrew Rothenberg was born on January 26, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Save the Last Dance (2001), Stranger Than Fiction (2006) and The Watcher (2000).
Danielle CampbellBirth date: 30 January 1995, Hinsdale, Illinois, USADescription: Danielle Campbell (born January 30, 1995) is an American actress known for her role as Jessica Olson in the Disney Channel Original Movie StarStruck and as Simone Daniels in the Disney film Prom. She currently stars on the television series The Originals as Davina Claire.Campbell is from Hinsdale, Illinois. Her parents are Georganne and John Campbell, and she has a younger brother, Johnny. She was discovered in a hair salon in Chicago at the age of 10. Her first big break was as a guest star on Prison Break, appearing in five episodes. She also appeared in a nationwide commercial for Build-A-Bear Workshop and played the character of Darla in the 2008 movie The Poker House. In 2010, she appeared in the Disney Channel television series Zeke and Luther, portraying Dani before starring in the television movie StarStruck in the same year. Upon StarStruck's release, she had signed a development deal with the company. She starred in the movie Prom, released on April 29, 2011, co-starring with Nicholas Braun, Nolan Sotillo and Aimee Teegarden. In 2013, she received a starring role in the television series The Originals, where she portrays the role of a powerful sixteen-year-old witch named Davina. In late 2013, Campbell was announced to star in the 2015 film 16 South, alongside Luke Benward. In April 2015 Campbell shot the movie Race To Redemption where she has the lead role, alongside Aiden Flowers and Luke Perry; the movie is set to release in 2016.She lives in Atlanta, Georgia while filming The Originals and the rest of the time in Chicago, Illinois.
Selma BlairBirth date: 23 June 1972, Southfield, Michigan, USADescription: One of our most exciting and versatile actresses, Selma Blair first gained attention for her performance in Cruel Intentions (1999), a youthful retelling of the classic novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses".Selma was born in Southfield, Michigan, to Molly Ann (Cooke), a judge, and Elliot I. Beitner, a lawyer. She had a Jewish upbringing. After graduating from high school in Michigan, Selma moved to New York City to pursue her goal of being a photographer but found her way to acting classes at The Stella Adler Conservatory and Stonestreet Studios.Selma starred for two seasons as the title character in the WB's Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane (1999) and then appeared in the hit comedy, Legally Blonde (2001) opposite Reese Witherspoon. She then starred opposite Cameron Diaz and Christina Applegate in The Sweetest Thing (2002) and in two independent films that garnered her much critical acclaim: Dana Lustig's Kill Me Later (2001) and Todd Solondz's controversial Storytelling (2001).In 2004, Selma starred in Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy (2004) and appeared in John Waters's A Dirty Shame (2004). Her other film credits include Paul Weitz's In Good Company (2004), opposite Topher Grace in Pretty Persuasion (2005), opposite Stellan Skarsgård in w Delta z (2007), in Ed Burns's Purple Violets (2007), in Robert Benton's Feast of Love (2007) starring opposite Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear.and Newton Thomas Sigel's award-winning short film, The Big Empty (2005) opposite Elias Koteas.2008 was a busy year for Selma Blair. After My Mom's New Boyfriend (2008) (aka "Homeland Security"), Selma returned to the big screen as "Liz Sherman" in Guillermo del Toro's blockbuster sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008). She also starred in an independent film by writer and director Lori Petty, titled The Poker House (2008), starring opposite Oscar and Golden Globe nominee, Jennifer Lawrence. In the fall of 2008, Selma went to television and shot one season with NBC's Kath & Kim (2008), starring opposite Molly Shannon. In the fall of 2009, Selma took to the stage and played "Kathleen" in award-winning playwright Rajiv Joseph's "Gruesome Playground Injuries". In 2010, Selma starred in the suspense thriller, Columbus Circle (2012), starring opposite Jason Lee, Amy Smart, Giovanni Ribisi and Kevin Pollak. Selma did some shorts during 2010, including 3 episodes of Lisa Kudrow's Web Therapy (2008), a Danko Jones music video starring opposite Elijah Wood, a guest episode of Fred Armisen's web TV show Portlandia (2011) and a Mollie Jones short titled Animal Love (2011). Selma completed two films in 2011. In Their Skin (2012), a home invasion thriller, starring opposite James D'Arcy, and Dark Horse (2011) - Todd Solondz's latest film starring opposite Jordan Gelber, Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow. Dark Horse (2011) was selected for competition and is set to have its world premiere at the 68th annual Venice Film Festival followed by the Toronto Film Festival in September of 2011. 2011 also brings Selma Blair's latest project, motherhood. Selma and her "Ever Clothing" fashion designer boyfriend, Jason Bleick, welcomed their son, Arthur Saint Bleick, on July 25th 2011.
Jayce RyanBirth date: 23 June 1972, Southfield, Michigan, USADescription: Jayce Ryan is an actor, known for The Poker House (2008), New Recipe (2007) and Jack the Reaper (2011).
Kirsten MoseBirth date: 23 June 1972, Southfield, Michigan, USADescription: Kirsten Mose is an actress, known for The Poker House (2008) and Sugar Mountain (2005).
Abby PhalenBirth date: 23 June 1972, Southfield, Michigan, USADescription: Abby Phalen is an actress, known for The Poker House (2008).
Sara HennessyBirth date: 23 June 1972, Southfield, Michigan, USADescription: Sara Hennessy is an actress, known for The Poker House (2008).
Natalie WestBirth date: 23 January 1956, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USADescription: Natalie West, a product of the Chicago theater district, might be best remembered as the neurotic, loving, and lovable Crystal, Roseanne and Dan's friend -- and, later, Dan's stepmother -- on Roseanne (1988). Natalie was a recurring guest star in most seasons and regular cast member in seasons 3 and 4; her final appearance was in the season 8 premiere, in 1995. After her success on television, she returned to her Chicago theater roots; she again appeared on television in 2012, playing the eccentric and damaged loner Margaret in Nate and Margaret (2012).
David Alan GrierBirth date: 30 June 1956, Detroit, Michigan, USADescription: David Alan Grier was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Aretas Ruth (Dudley), a schoolteacher, and William Henry Grier, a psychiatrist and writer. He trained in Shakespeare at Yale University, where he received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.Grier began his professional career on Broadway as Jackie Robinson in "The First", for which he earned a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and won the Theatre World Award (1981). He then joined the Broadway cast of "Dreamgirls", before going on to star opposite Denzel Washington in "A Soldier's Play", for which both actors reprised their roles in the film adaptation titled A Soldier's Story (1984). He appeared in Robert Altman's Streamers (1983) as "Roger", a role for which he won the Golden Lion for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival (1983).His television work is highlighted by a turn as a principal cast member on the Emmy Award-winning In Living Color (1990) (1990-1994), where he helped to create some of the show's most memorable characters, "DAG" (2000-2001) and "Life with Bonnie" (2002-2004), for which he earned Image and Golden Satellite nominations. David also created, wrote and executive-produced a show for Comedy Central called Chocolate News (2008). Grier also won America's votes as a smooth, debonair, and outrageously irreverent contestant on ABC's smash hit, Dancing with the Stars (2005), in 2009. But Grier didn't hang up his dance shoes just then - he later appeared in the Wayans Brothers' spoof movie, Dance Flick (2009), which hit theaters in May 2009.In Grier's first book, "Barack Like Me: The Chocolate Covered Truth" (Touchstone / Simon & Schuster; October 6, 2009), the acclaimed comedian expounds on politics, culture and race while recounting his own life story in this edgy, timely, timeless, and hilarious memoir and look at all things Barack Obama.Grier returned to his theatrical roots 2009/2010; he starred in David Mamet's acclaimed play, "Race", opposite James Spader and Kerry Washington, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway for which he received a Tony Award nomination.He has been named one of Comedy Central's "100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time".
James Earl Jones IIBirth date: 30 June 1956, Detroit, Michigan, USADescription: James Earl Jones II is an actor, known for The Poker House (2008), Watch Dogs (2014) and Half Bad (2009).
Rich KomenichBirth date: 30 June 1956, Detroit, Michigan, USADescription: Rich Komenich is an actor, known for The Amityville Horror (2005), Hoosiers (1986) and Normal (2003).
Tyla AbercrumbieBirth date: 30 June 1956, Detroit, Michigan, USADescription: Tyla Abercrumbie is an actress, known for The Poker House (2008), Placebo Effect (1998) and Animator.
Phil RidarelliBirth date: 30 June 1956, Detroit, Michigan, USADescription: Phil Ridarelli is an actor and writer, known for Road to Perdition (2002), The Break-Up (2006) and Bingo (1998).
Hashim BrownBirth date: 30 June 1956, Detroit, Michigan, USADescription: Hashim Brown is an actor, known for The Poker House (2008), Of Boys and Men (2008) and The Chicago Code (2011).
Julia SobaskiBirth date: 30 June 1956, Detroit, Michigan, USADescription: Julia Sobaski is an actress, known for Baggage (2008), The Poker House (2008) and The Return of Joe Rich (2011).
Kevin GudahlBirth date: 30 June 1956, Detroit, Michigan, USADescription: Kevin Gudahl is an actor, known for Home Alone 3 (1997), While You Were Sleeping (1995) and The Poker House (2008).
Bernie LandisBirth date: 8 February 1930, Chicago, Illinois, USADescription: Bernie Landis was born on February 8, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Bernard J. Landis. He was an actor, known for While You Were Sleeping (1995), Only the Lonely (1991) and Vice Versa (1988). He was married to Phyllis. He died on April 21, 2012 in Chicago.
Terrion JohnsonBirth date: 8 February 1930, Chicago, Illinois, USADescription: Terrion Johnson is an actor, known for The Poker House (2008).
Joshua PertlerBirth date: 8 February 1930, Chicago, Illinois, USADescription: Joshua Pertler is an actor, known for The Poker House (2008) and Mouthpiece (2015).
De'Shawn WashingtonBirth date: 8 February 1930, Chicago, Illinois, USADescription: De'Shawn Washington is an actor, known for Step Up (2006) and The Poker House (2008).
Adam McEwenBirth date: 8 February 1930, Chicago, Illinois, USADescription: Adam McEwen is an actor, known for The Poker House (2008), The Least Among You (2009) and Chicago Fire (2012).
Justin McEwenBirth date: 8 February 1930, Chicago, Illinois, USADescription: Justin McEwen is an actor, known for Fred Claus (2007) and The Poker House (2008).
Kazemde Fela MasudBirth date: 8 February 1930, Chicago, Illinois, USADescription: Kazemde Fela Masud is an actor, known for The Poker House (2008) and Kitchen Confidential (2005).
David PompeiiBirth date: 8 February 1930, Chicago, Illinois, USADescription: David Pompeii is an actor, known for Stranger Than Fiction (2006), Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004) and Sketch Pad (2001).
Ellis FosterBirth date: 8 February 1930, Chicago, Illinois, USADescription: Ellis Foster was an actor, known for Hoodlum (1997), Let's Go to Prison (2006) and The Poker House (2008). He died on October 15, 2011 in Syracuse, New York, USA.
Claudia Michelle WallaceBirth date: 8 February 1930, Chicago, Illinois, USADescription: Claudia Michelle Wallace is an actress, known for Fred Claus (2007), Nothing Like the Holidays (2008) and Witless Protection (2008).
Greg HollimonBirth date: 2 May 1956, Chicago, Illinois, USADescription: Greg Hollimon was born on May 2, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is an actor, known for The Fugitive (1993), Strangers with Candy (1999) and Strangers with Candy (2005).
Clarke PetersBirth date: 7 April 1952, New York City, New York, USADescription: Clarke Peters was born on April 7, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA as Peter Clarke. He is an actor, known for The Wire (2002), Notting Hill (1999) and Marley & Me (2008). He is married to Penny. They have one child.
Directors of "The Poker House"
Lori PettyBirth date: 14 October 1963, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USADescription: After this feisty, kinetic, highly offbeat actress from Chattanooga, Tennessee, broke into TV in the 1980s, she immediately set herself apart from ...
Creators of "The Poker House"
Lori PettyBirth date: 14 October 1963, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USADescription: After this feisty, kinetic, highly offbeat actress from Chattanooga, Tennessee, broke into TV in the 1980s, she immediately set herself apart from ...
David Alan GrierBirth date: 30 June 1956, Detroit, Michigan, USADescription: David Alan Grier was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Aretas Ruth (Dudley), a schoolteacher, and William Henry Grier, a psychiatrist and writer. He tr...