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The Lucky Ones (2008)

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Neil Burger

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Cast

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 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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$183,088, 28 September 2008
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

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[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] 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 Brooklyn Rules (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Saulsalito
Written and Performed by Conor Oberst
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC (BMI)/Bedrooms Bedrooms and Spiders (BMI)
Courtesy of Merge Records
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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A very well done comedy/drama that is relevant to America today.
7 January 2010 | by nathaniellsSee all my reviews

This is one of the funniest movies about serious topics, and I thought the acting was excellent. Almost every scene in the film has the three main actors in it, and the dynamic between them is fun to watch. The three soldiers coming home on leave find themselves stuck together, and a road trip adventure ensues. The circumstances they get into tell us a lot about the characters, and each scene gives more depth to the individuals and the relationships that develop. I really liked all three main characters even with their flaws.

I laughed more during this movie than I usually do during comedies so I guess that means it has my kind of humor. Unlike the review by "Super and Mik", I didn't think it was slow or the ending at all predictable. I thought the plot was engaging. I rated the movie 9 out of 10 stars, but I'm not sure what could have made it a ten. It's well written with a balance between comedy and drama. It's perfectly cast, and I also liked the directing and attention to detail. I highly recommend this flick. I don't understand why it flopped at the box office.


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