Lucky You

Lucky You

Lucky You
Curtis Hanson’s eclectic resume takes another turn with this family drama & romance, set against the backdrop of high-stakes poker in sin city: Las Vegas.<br /><br />Eric Banner ('Chopper') is Huck, an obsessive professional poker player who sets his eye on the World Series’ $250 million pay day. But he needs $10,000 to enter and, as gamblers do I suppose, has a nasty habit of losing all his money.<br /><br />Huck meets and falls for aspiring singer Billie (Barrymore), and major issues with his father LC (Duvall) come to the fore as he faces him at the table. LC left his mother years earlier & taught Huck everything he knows about cards – except how to beat the old man.
2007124 minsUSA
ComedyDrama
Director:
Curtis Hanson ('8 Mile', 'Wonder Boys', 'L.A. Confidential', 'The Hand That Rocks the Cradle')
Writer:
Eric Roth,amp; Curtis Hanson
Cast:
Eric BanaDrew BarrymoreRobert DuvallDebra MessingHoratio SanzJean SmartKelvin Han Yee
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Reviews & comments

The New York Times

The New York Times

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Even though it is sometimes dull and generally thin, there is something winning about the movie's genial lack of ambition...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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The movie soon disappears into a maelstrom of card games. The outcomes of most are predictable, but more damaging is how little emotional stake the audience has in any. Huck is such a shallow, self-pitying cad you cannot understand what Billie sees in him. The father-son dynamics are tired and banal. All peripheral characters are one-note oddities...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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The result is that most of the picture plays out as a series of scenes in which our hero sits there, gets angry and loses all his money...

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LA Weekly

LA Weekly

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Always good with actors, Hanson brings out a beaten-down charm in Bana that works nicely against the hotheaded authority the actor shows in the gambling scenes, while Duvall is, like the veteran card shark he plays, a master of subtle gestures. The low card here is Barrymore, somewhat awkwardly shoehorned into this boys' club to provide some romantic relief...

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Film Threat

Film Threat

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Had Lucky You played strictly as a father-son drama set against the background of competitive Texas Hold 'Em, it would've been a much better movie based on the strength of Hanson's direction and Duvall's performance alone. But no, somewhere along the line they had to make this a romance, and that's the movie's fatal flaw...

2.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Even though it is sometimes dull and generally thin, there is something winning about the movie's genial lack of ambition...

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The movie soon disappears into a maelstrom of card games. The outcomes of most are predictable, but more damaging is how little emotional stake the audience has in any. Huck is such a shallow, self-pitying cad you cannot understand what Billie sees in him. The father-son dynamics are tired and banal. All peripheral characters are one-note oddities...

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

The result is that most of the picture plays out as a series of scenes in which our hero sits there, gets angry and loses all his money...

0
LA Weekly

LA Weekly

press

Always good with actors, Hanson brings out a beaten-down charm in Bana that works nicely against the hotheaded authority the actor shows in the gambling scenes, while Duvall is, like the veteran card shark he plays, a master of subtle gestures. The low card here is Barrymore, somewhat awkwardly shoehorned into this boys' club to provide some romantic relief...

0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

Had Lucky You played strictly as a father-son drama set against the background of competitive Texas Hold 'Em, it would've been a much better movie based on the strength of Hanson's direction and Duvall's performance alone. But no, somewhere along the line they had to make this a romance, and that's the movie's fatal flaw...

2.0
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