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Lucky You (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 4 May 2007 (USA)
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A hotshot poker player tries to win a tournament in Vegas, but is fighting a losing battle with his personal problems.

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Storyline

In Las Vegas, Huck Cheever is a poker player, brilliant but also prone to let emotion take over. It's the week of the poker world series, and Huck must come up with the $10,000 entry fee, which he wins, loses, borrows, and loses - and even steals part of from Billie Offer, an earnest young woman who's new in town and who catches Huck's eye. By the time the tournament starts, Huck owes everyone. Complicating things is the arrival of Huck's father, whom Huck detests for having left his mother, a champion player in town to win. Can Huck learn to play poker the way he lives and to live the way he plays poker? Or is his only flush the sound of his life going down the toilet? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for some language and sexual humor | See all certifications »
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4 May 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bem-vindo ao Jogo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,710,445 (USA) (4 May 2007)

Gross:

$5,755,286 (USA) (29 June 2007)
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Trivia

When Huck Cheever walks in to the poker room in the Bellagio you can hear a player say "Raisy daisy". This person is a real time poker pro named Sam Farha. He is known to frequently use this phrase when playing poker. In the poker show "High stake poker" the players are also discussing this part in the movie. Patrik Antonius, another poker pro, said to Sam "You was the only one they let talk". Sam replay "What about Jennifer? (Harman) She was a happy loser! I have never seen her such a happy loser!" See more »

Goofs

There is a brief shot of 'Huck Cheever' riding his motorcycle at dawn to Bakersfield to visit 'Billie Offer' just before the big tournament. In this shot he is clearly riding in the wrong direction. The Stratosphere's tower is toward the right of the screen, and the Center Strip casinos south of it are in the middle of the screen. Cheever rides past camera position, heading due east toward Arizona. California and Bakersfield are southwest of Las Vegas. The most direct route to Bakersfield would be I-15 south to I-58 west, both of which are miles away on the other side of the Vegas Strip. See more »

Quotes

Huck Cheever: [after a losing player borrows money from L.C] Is there anybody who doesn't owe you?
L. C. Cheever: Just you kid... just you.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits there is a scene where Ready Eddie and Lester (the man with breast implants) argue over whether Lester actually spent an entire month in the bathroom or not. As the current month has thirty-one days and not just thirty. They soon begin to discuss whether the month of August has either thirty or thirty-one days, which soon leads them to a double-or-nothing wager over the fact. See more »

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References Highway Patrol (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

I Always Get Lucky with You
Written by Gary Church, Freddie Powers (as Freddy Powers) and Tex Whitson
Performed by George Jones
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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Entertaining, And Poker Fans Will Really Love It
22 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As far as playing or watching poker on television, I can take it or leave it, and I enjoyed this movie.... so I can imagine poker fans will really LOVE this film. It gives justice to their "sport" with realistic hands, playing, situations and attitudes.

Often, I thought something hokey was going to happen, something predictable but rarely did that occur in this film. You really never knew what was going to happen and suspense builds for a number of gambling scenes. I hesitate to say more for fear of spoiling anything. Suffice to say, the gambling scenes in here were very realistic. I know what from the behind-the- scenes bonus features in which a number of real-life professional players commented on that fact.

The film follows a father-and-son team (Eric Bana and Robert Duvall playing "Huck" and "L.C. Cheever") with a small romance sub-plot involving Drew Barrymore. It isn't just all about poker, although that's most of it - culminating in the World Series of Poker - but about the mentality of people who make gambling their life.

This film was far better than I figured it would be, and was rewarding in the end without being predictable. It was fairly low-key, too, in the profanity and sex department, but kids would be bored with this film, anyway.

This movie will mainly attract card players, I'm afraid, and that's too bad because it offers a lot more than that. The movie got better as it went along and wound up a good two hours of entertainment.


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