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The Lucky Ones (2008)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, War  |  26 September 2008 (USA)
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The story revolves around three soldiers - Colee, TK and Cheever - who return from the war after suffering injuries and learn that life has moved on without them. They end up on an ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Cheaver
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TK
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Scott Cheaver
Howard Platt ...
Stan Tilson
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Barbara Tilson
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Peter Tilson
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Bob
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Bob's Wife
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Janet
Leo Ford ...
Janet's Husband
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Kendra
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Brandi
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Tom Klinger
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The story revolves around three soldiers - Colee, TK and Cheever - who return from the war after suffering injuries and learn that life has moved on without them. They end up on an unexpected road trip across the U.S., with Colee on a mission to bring her boyfriend's guitar back to his family because he saved her life, TK seeking confidence to face his wife after a shrapnel injury that threatens his sexual function and middle-aged Cheever planning to hit the casinos in a desperate effort to pay for his son's college tuition. Written by anonymous

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Sometimes losing your way home means finding yourself See more »

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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26 September 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Return  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$183,088 (USA) (26 September 2008)

Gross:

$183,088 (USA) (26 September 2008)
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While all three of the main characters have been injured in Iraq, Cheever (played by Tim Robbins) is the only one not to have been injured in combat. He is also the only one leaving the army for good, as he says in the beginning of the film. See more »

Goofs

Cheaver could not use his whole $20,000 re-enlistment bonus for his son's tuition. The bonus would be given in increments and would be taxed. He would not get more than $10,000 of that initially, at least if he signed his re-enlistment while deployed. See more »

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[first lines]
T.K. Poole: The key is listening to the signals and hearing what they're saying. If she touches you soft, that's how she wants to be touched. You do that until you can hear her get wet. You gotta know women. I'm serious, the last time I went home, my girlfriend was so grateful she went right outside and started washing my car. Detailed it. Everything. Just to thank me.
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Honey wagon driver - Gary Suckahosee See more »

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References Titanic (1997) See more »

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Written by Tim Kobza
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Terrific American road movie
19 April 2009 | by (Baltimore) – See all my reviews

Three soldiers back from Iraq team up and rent a car to drive to their respective destinations. Things happen to them along the way. When they get to their destinations, what they find is not what they expected.

That's "The Lucky Ones" in a nutshell. But it doesn't do justice to this quirky, touching and funny film.

Tim Robbins and Michael Pena give sturdy, soldierly performances, but the real story here is Rachel McAdams, who is mesmerizing as the blunt talking, somewhat naive, wounded (literally, in her thigh), deeply religious, sexually open minded and perpetually optimistic Pvt. Colee Dunn. She is a ray of pure southern sunshine and steals every scene she is in.

Some highlights: A furious McAdams throws her soda on Pena when he insults her boyfriend, killed in Iraq, by saying he was unfit to be a soldier because he supposedly did armed robbery.

McAdams lashes out in a bar when some valley girl-types mock her limp. "Good thing I didn't have my weapon," she says after.

All three end up at an evangelical service and McAdams stands up to testify, blithely telling embarrassing secrets about her companions while they cringe.

After locking their keys in the car, they trudge off for help and end up at a Hummer dealership. On the way back in a luxury Hummer, they compare this one with what they're more used to.

When McAdams arrives at her dead boyfriend's family, she finds out his colorful depiction of them was somewhat embellished. What she decides to tell them about him is even more embellished to spare their feelings. In fact, this scene is so moving it is probably the highlight of McAdams acting career.

Robbins is at a rich man's party and meets a beautiful woman who begins flirting with him. He asks if she's married and she says, "Umm." They both start laughing hysterically.

This movie has many such moments.

One lowlight: A contrived, cheap-looking tornado scene that's just in the movie to give Pena and McAdams a chance to huddle in a drainpipe, allowing a certain delightful discovery to be made. Afterward, the twister has blown the landscape to pieces, but their vehicle is untouched.

Final thought: This is not an Iraq movie. This is an America movie.


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