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Lucky You (2007)

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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 »
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Cast

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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Taglines:

Change your game. Change your life. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language and sexual humor | See all certifications »
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USA | Germany | Australia

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

4 May 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bem-Vindo ao Jogo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,710,445, 6 May 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,755,286, 1 July 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The "Golf Marathon" wager is based on a real-life proposition bet involving professional poker player Huck Seed. Seed won the bet. See more »

Goofs

In the Bellagio poker room scene immediately after 'Huck Cheever' applies the frozen peas to his bruised face, his father 'L.C. Cheever' gives him $500 in chips from his stack. This is not allowed. Removing chips from the table, thus taking them out of out of play, is called "going south," and is very bad form. (This is different than letting another player buy chips from you to remain in the game, which does not take the chips out of play. 'L.C. Cheever' does this when he sells chips to 'Big Buckle Iverson' after busting him earlier in the movie.) See more »

Quotes

L. C. Cheever: [At the World Series, Michelle reveals her hand, a King-high flush] Very nice.
Michelle Carson: [Smiles, L.C. reveals his hand, a straight flush] But not nice enough.
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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

Referenced in I Am Legend (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

They Ain't Got 'Em All
Written by John Scott Sherrill
Produced by Larry Klein
Performed by Drew Barrymore
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Worth a look, especially for Bana fans, of which there are scads
7 May 2007 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Huck (Eric Bana) is a professional poker player on a losing streak. His near empty house in Las Vegas also sports a pool with no water. As he is pawning a camera and his mother's wedding ring, he is hoping for his luck to change. In truth, he is a great player but does not know when to walk away from a table or a bet. One night, after leaving the gambling establishments, he goes to a local watering hole and meets a nice looking lady named Billie (Drew Barrymore). As she is being pestered by a loser, Huck comes to rescue her from his attentions. They make a connection. However, Billie's sister (Debra Messing) persuades her sibling to walk away, saying she knows Huck well and that he is all hustle and no commitment. Yet, Huck persists and convinces Billie to go on a date After a lovely evening and night together, Huck promptly takes money from Billie's wallet to take to the gaming tables. Ouch. Oh, and Huck's father (Robert Duvall), a prize winning poker player, is back in town to compete in the high stakes games. Will Huck win big? And, will Billie ever speak to him again? This is a good movie with a few flaws. It has a somewhat slow pace and also suffers from some incredulity as far as Huck's poverty despite his obvious great talent for cards. Nevertheless, Bana is certainly a large part of why the film is so worthwhile, as his Huck is a very charismatic person, indeed. Barrymore is probably miscast as Billie, although that is not to say she performs badly, just nondescriptly, as the role does not call for a display of her comic abilities. Then, too, someone decided to give her the hair styles of a bowling alley queen and the costumes of a dork. On the other hand, and surprisingly, the Las Vegas setting looks gorgeous, even away from the sparkling lights. If you like Bana, and who the heck doesn't, you will not want to miss a showing of this movie. Anyone with a hankering for high-stakes poker will be perfectly enthralled as well.


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