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High Fidelity is one of the few movies that perfectly articulates the relationship between popular media and our lives. Throw in a career starting performance by Jack Black (for better or for worse) and a cameo by The Boss, and it is a film that stands proudly in many DVD collections. It's been nine years since the film came out, and while one has seen their career rise while the other's somewhat fizzled, it now appears that film's writer and director may be working together again.

Director Stephen Frears and writer D.V. DeVincentis, according to THR, are now both attached to Lay the Favorite, a dramedy based on the memoirs of Beth Raymer (the book has a release date of next June). The film will focus on a woman in her thirties (presumably Raymer) who, after making a series of bad life choices, gets involved with a group of fifty-year-old math geeks who try to fix the sportsbook system in Vegas for their own profit.

The plot sounds tremendously similar to 2008's underwhelming 21, but, with a creative team like Frears and DeVincentis, hopefully it can overcome its predecessor. After all, they are going to have to replace 20-somethings with 50-somethings and that kind of change is going to require a bit more razzle-dazzle for the younger generation to get interested. As long as they don't get Kevin Spacey to play a manipulative math professor/ring leader, I think they'll be safe.
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