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There are enough stereotypes in here to get Dr. Laura frothing at the mouth -- and enough menace to merit co-writing credit for the Hughes brothers.
...a film that's largely wealthy in incoherence, raising a smile one minute and a cringe the next, until it finally devolves into a 'who-cares' cliche-fest.
New York Times:
A big, vivid supporting cast - including Faheem Najm (a k a the rapper T-Pain) and the comedians Charlie Murphy and Mike Epps - is a strong asset, as are messages about sexual responsibility and charity in the 'hood.
Even on its own limited terms, the jokes are sub-Friday sequel, and a last-act grab for Boyz n the Hood pathos is seriously reaching.
Like Barbershop, The Lottery Ticket is about a community as much as it is about a lucky young man who gets in over his head.
There are a couple of good performances and a few funny bits, but mostly the film just bounces back and forth until coming to a flat, trite close.
White and writer Abdul Williams are determined to squeeze in some social commentary. And while this, too, is mostly familiar stuff, a couple of bits do resonate.
No doubt the characters are stereotypes, but the performances are handled with a knowing wink and a great deal of fun.
You know what? This movie's good. It's fast, deftly paced and funny, and only some misjudged violence in the last lap keeps it from being better than good.
Let's call it four out of six numbers, with no power bonus. Some payoff, but don't quit your job.
New York Daily News:
Though the movie looks good and rarely lags on energy, the careless script is filled with tired stereotypes and easy cliches.
New York Post:
There's a one-in-a-billion story to Lottery Ticket: Those are the approximate odds against a script this bad making it out of the introductory seminar at film school.
San Francisco Chronicle:
If any of the central characters in Lottery Ticket had a bit of sense, the movie would be over in about five minutes.
Globe and Mail:
Erik White and Abdul Williams don't reinvent the wheel of fortune in Lottery Ticket, but the director and screenwriter, respectively, deliver a well-plotted, energetically paced story.
A formulaic comedy that's enlivened by the high spirits of its supporting players.
The comedy is broad, bordering on offensive, the laughs are few, and the positive message feels tacked on.
The script is never nearly as clever as the premise ought to allow, and the madcap fun is far too frequently derailed by tonal inconsistencies.
It's comforting, really, to see the movie's soft-pedaling of actual ghetto problems; realism isn't Lottery Ticket's game.
A jumble of comedy and drama with a sprinkling of After School Special messaging and some head-scratchingly bad choices.