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The Lucky Ones (2008)

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Three different soldiers - a woman and two men - return from war and facing the peaceful life's problems of each other.

Director:

Neil Burger

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel McAdams ... Colee
Tim Robbins ... Cheaver
Michael Peña ... TK
Molly Hagan ... Pat Cheaver
Mark L. Young ... Scott Cheaver
Howard Platt ... Stan Tilson
Arden Myrin ... Barbara Tilson
Coburn Goss ... Peter Tilson
John Heard ... Bob
Jennifer Joan Taylor ... Bob's Wife
Katherine LaNasa ... Janet
Leo Ford Leo Ford ... Janet's Husband
Susan Yeagley ... Kendra
Emily Swallow ... Brandi
John Diehl ... Tom Klinger
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Storyline

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 the confidence to face his wife after a shrapnel injury 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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Three strangers with nothing to lose. And everything to find. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Colee says she's never been to Canada. Rachel McAdams is from London, Ontario, Canada. See more »

Goofs

When TK is at the airport bar in Las Vegas the bartender refills his old fashioned glass with a (generous) shot of tequila. She fills the glass almost halfway full. He takes a slug from the glass and puts it down but in the next shot it's more than half full. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
T.K. Poole: [T.K. talks to his platoon while in Iraq] 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. Last time I went home, my girl was so grateful, she went right outside and started to wash my car. Detailed it, everything, just to thank me. Nah, we gotta stop talking about pussy, 'cause if we're not careful, pussy's gonna get us ...
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Crazy Credits

Honey wagon driver - Gary Suckahosee See more »

Connections

References The Fly (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Ragged Wood
Written by Robin Pecknold
Performed by Fleet Foxes
Published by Foxes Fellowship (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
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Our soldiers deserve more than a Thank You when they return home
26 September 2008 | by the-movie-guySee all my reviews

(Synopsis) After recovering from their wounds in the Iraq War, three soldiers are sent back to the United States. Sgt. T.K. Poole (Michael Pena) and Pvt. Colee Dunn (Rachel McAdams) are given a 30-day leave, and Sgt. Fred Cheever (Tim Robbins) is retiring. The three soldiers now have a new mission. T.K is going home to visit his fiancée, Colee is going to return a guitar to the family of the man who saved her life, and Fred is going home to his wife in St. Louis. When they arrive at JFK Airport in New York, all fights have been canceled, because of a blackout. The three decide to rent a van and drive to St. Louis, and once there, T.K. and Colee can catch a plane to Las Vegas. What started out to be a short 14 hour trip ends up being a journey across America. Along the way, the three soldiers who had just met at JFK, become close friends.

(My Comment) This is a human interest story that explores the interpersonal aspects that war has on our soldiers, especially the ones who are injured as they return home. We learn the pitfalls of returning to this country where our soldiers are only given a token "Thank You" platitude from the public. We also see how three soldiers band together, and become in a sense a family taking care of one another. The film gives enough time in the character development of each soldier that we begin to like each soldier, and you wouldn't mind making them your friends. Their cross-county road trip is full of foolish misadventures that are memorable. For the most part, the film is serious to a point, yet it is also a comedy. I believe this small film will be one of those sleeper movies that the public will like, and it could be a hit. (QED International, Run Time 1:55, Rated R) (8/10)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Return See more »

Filming Locations:

Alsip, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$183,088, 28 September 2008

Gross USA:

$266,967

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$287,567
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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