For decades, Jerry Selbee dedicated his life to his job at the local factory, maintaining a stable and satisfying routine that, upon retirement, is thrown out the window, leaving him feeling purposeless and lost. Despite the nudging of his lovingly supportive wife, Marge, and adult children to explore hobbies unknown, he resists…until a happenstance recognition of a completely legal loophole in the lottery system catches his eye and his head for statistics. Realizing there is more than enough money to be won, Jerry clues their local friends into the secret in an attempt to help revive a town and its citizens ailing from economic decline. Unfortunately, a brilliant but smarmy Ivy Leaguer trips upon the same systemic mistake and makes a play for Jerry and Marge’s grassroots gameplay.
In Director David Frankel’s (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me) charming tale based on a true story, we are treated to the wonderfully lived-in performances of Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening as the titular couple, plus a hilarious supporting cast that includes Rainn Wilson, Anna Camp and Larry Wilmore.--Liza Domnitz