Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Lay the Favorite is an uneven, unappealing comedy based on a memoir about a woman who moves from stripping to working in the sports betting industry. Language is the strongest issue, with very frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," and other words. There's also a fair bit of sexual content: Viewers see two topless women, suggestive dancing, a woman flirting with a married man, and kissing (which leads to off-screen sex). There's some shouting and violent threats, but no actual violence.
Two secondary female characters are shown sunbathing topless in one scene. The main character begins the film as a stripper and is shown performing suggestive dances (though not naked). She falls in love with and attempts to seduce a married man (holding hands, etc.). Later, she meets a single man and kisses him passionately. They move offscreen to a hotel room for sex. The main character references a porn website that she worked for.
A few violent threats (with violent imagery), but no actual violence.
"F--k" is used fairly often, plus "s--t," "c--t," "bastard," "ass," "goddamn," and "scumbag," as well as "oh my God," "Jesus," and "Christ" (as exclamations).
The main character pulls herself out of a bad situation and slowly starts to make more positive decisions for herself. In the end, she's able to solve a complex problem and help others.
The main character's Apple iPhone is shown fairly often but not referenced by name.
Drugs / Tobacco /
The main character sips a margarita in the opening scene. A secondary character drinks a huge gin and tonic after a tense argument.