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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.

Director:

Curtis Hanson

Writers:

Eric Roth (screenplay), Curtis Hanson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phyllis Somerville ... Pawnbroker
Eric Bana ... Huck Cheever
Horatio Sanz ... Ready Eddie
Drew Barrymore ... Billie Offer
Joey Kern ... Billie's Admirer
Debra Messing ... Suzanne Offer
Delaine Yates ... Ginger
Mykel Shannon Jenkins ... Gary
Robert Duvall ... L. C. Cheever
Charles Martin Smith ... Roy Durucher
Robert Downey Jr. ... Telephone Jack
Saverio Guerra ... Lester
Danny Hoch ... Bobby Basketball
Kenny Cau Kenny Cau ... Chinese Restaurant Waiter
Kelvin Han Yee ... Chico Banh
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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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Change your game. Change your life. See more »

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Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language and sexual humor | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Eric Bana and Robert Downey, Jr. have appeared in big-screen comic book adaptations. Bana in Ang Lee's Hulk (2003), and Downey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. See more »

Goofs

At the diner when the father is showing Huck a hand, he implies that his three aces are beat by a club flush. However, the river was the ace of spades, leaving just two clubs on the board and meaning the flush draw never did get there. So the final card was obviously wrong, but Huck was also way off to assume a flush could be made when the river didn't come a club. See more »

Quotes

L. C. Cheever: Maybe everybody has a blind spot. Maybe everybody has to learn from their mistakes. I sure learned from mine.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Spider-Man 3/Lucky You (2007) See more »

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Written by Billy Yates and Michel E. Curtis
Performed by George Jones
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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As vapid as a poker face
9 May 2007 | by Jay_ExiomoSee all my reviews

Lest be duped by the trailers that make it seem a romantic comedy set in the world of high-stakes gambling, one should approach "Lucky You" as more of a movie about poker with a generous amount of father-son conflict thrown in for good measure. The romantic angle is just an arbitrarily (in fact, awkwardly) placed distraction that sticks out like a sore thumb (hint: Drew Barrymore's character is good for only around 20-30 minutes of this 2-hour movie).

Huck Cheever (Eric Bana) is a regular high-stakes poker player in Las Vegas whose skills in reading body languages of his opponents is hampered by his rashness. Constantly in the shadow of his estranged father L.C. (Robert Duvall), a two-time World Series of Poker champion who never fails to rub in his son's weakness, Huck falls for Billie (Barrymore) - a Vegas newbie who's just got a job singing in a bar. Problem is, Billie's cynicism-free personality clashes with Huck's callous opportunistic character.

And it goes without saying that as cards are dealt and the stakes are raised, there will be some fixings to occur among Huck and the two people around him.

Strangely, after being in projects with involving narratives, director Curtis Hanson and co-writer Eric Roth fail to draw any meaningful yarn with the characters. In fact, "Lucky You" works better when it sets its focus on the poker table, and not trying to deal with any of tepid characterizations. But such ambivalence ultimately leads to a hollow feeling.

For those who enjoy watching poker, it might be a worthy deal (at least the final act). But for anyone else, considering the people involved in this project, it leaves the feeling of an empty hand.


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Release Date:

4 May 2007 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,710,445, 6 May 2007

Gross USA:

$5,758,950

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,461,686
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2.35 : 1
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