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Worth seeing....but I am not really sure if this documentary had a well-defined point.
I have known for some time that a terribly high percentage of lottery jackpot winners spend themselves into bankruptcy and I thought this was the focus of this film. But, it isn't exactly about that. I have known that some lottery winners give away a lot of their winnings and try to do good with their largess. But, it isn't exactly about that. I have also known that some people, despite winning, don't change much at all. But, it isn't exactly about that. So what IS the film about? Well, it's about all of that and a lot more...and that is the reason this is not a great documentary. There just isn't a lot of focus to "Lucky" and it frustrated me as well as my oldest daughter who watched the film with me. As a result, while various vignettes are interesting, I don't think the film has a huge amount of depth. It's not bad...but is that a glowing endorsement?
My favorite things about this film was the quote "Winning the lottery is like throwing Miracle-Gro on your character" as well as some of the DVD extras.
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