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.

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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... Full Review

  • 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... Full Review

  • The compelling and interesting aspect of Lucky You is not so much the compulsion that drives the main character but the way in which he interacts with those around him. The movie isn't a downer, but neither does it end with all loose ends nicely tied off. In this case, redemption does not equate with salvation... Full Review

  • 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... Full Review

  • 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... Full Review

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