If you like your comedies formulaic and only mildly amusing, then you’re going to lukewarmly look forward to “Lottery Ticket.”
Bow Wow (who is apparently no longer Li’l) stars as Kevin, a young man who shares an apartment in the projects with his grandmother (played by the always-sassy Loretta Devine). Everyone in the neighborhood has big dreams, but precious little money to make them happen. Then Kevin and Grandma get a lucky break when they win big— over $300 million big—at the lottery. The lottery office is closed for the 4th of July three-day weekend, so Kevin tries to keep his winnings secret until he can cash in, otherwise everyone will be hitting him up for money.
But naturally, everyone finds out anyway, and of course they all want some money, so Kevin’s in for some wacky shenanigans over the next three days.
Maybe I’ve seen too many “winning the lottery” movies (“It Could Happen to You,” “Waking Ned Devine”) and too many wacky “money makes people crazy” comedies (“Rat Race,” “Mad Money”) to see any potential originality in “Lottery Ticket.” Heck, even the title alone is an uninspired yawn. Maybe the studio figured since the blunt self-referential title worked so well for “Hot Tub Time Machine,” lightening would strike twice if they adopted the same formula. Well, I took a peek into the future in my Upright Shower Stall Time Machine, and they are going to be sorely disappointed.
Also starring Brandon T. Jackson, Terry Crews, Keith David, and Ice Cube, “Lottery Ticket” will be no Powerball on Aug. 20.
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