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Lucy in the Sky (2019)

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Astronaut Lucy Cola returns to Earth after a transcendent experience during a mission to space, and begins to lose touch with reality in a world that now seems too small.


Noah Hawley


Brian C. Brown (screenplay), Elliott DiGuiseppi (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Portman ... Lucy Cola
Jon Hamm ... Mark Goodwin
Zazie Beetz ... Erin Eccles
Dan Stevens ... Drew Cola
Pearl Amanda Dickson ... Blue Iris
Ellen Burstyn ... Nana Holbrook
Colman Domingo ... Frank Paxton
Jeremiah Birkett ... Hank Lynch
Jeffrey Donovan ... Jim Hunt
Tig Notaro ... Kate Mounier
Stella Edwards ... Chelsea
Arlo Mertz ... Emily
Tobias Schönleitner ... Miles Henckle
Diana DeLaCruz ... Dr. Addison
Cali DiCapo ... Elementary School Girl


In LUCY IN THE SKY, Natalie Portman plays Lucy Cola, a strong woman whose determination and drive as an astronaut take her to space, where she's deeply moved by the transcendent experience of seeing her life from afar. Back home as Lucy's world suddenly feels too small, her connection with reality slowly unravels. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Dan Stevens and Pearl Amanda Dickson previously appeared in the Noah Hawley TV series 'Legion'. See more »


In the swimming pool scene, once Lucy was upright and out of the pool the water in her helmet should be coming out as quickly as it leaked in. See more »


Will Plimpton: You know Michael Collins?
Lucy Cola: Yeah, yeah. Of course. Apollo 11. He flew the command module for Neil and Buzz.
Will Plimpton: Yeah. So you know after he dropped them he circled the moon for hours. It's farther from Earth than any man has ever been. No light, no radio. And he wept, consumed by darkness and then, when he saw the sun again he wept some more. Inside the module he wrote, "I am now truly alone and absolutely alone from any known life. I am it."
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Written by Aria Pullman and Joshua Ostrander
Performed by Mondo Cozmo
Courtesy of Republic Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Miscalculated Mess
21 December 2019 | by imjaredrossSee all my reviews

Lucy in the Sky is inspired by true events in the most artificial sense. Telling the story of an Astronaut dealing her own sanity. The film means well. It clearly has something to say, but I fails to give anything to us in a meaningful way.

Natalie Portman gives it her all, playing a character that is losing herself and has a lot of emotional baggage. She's terrific, but sadly the rest of the film is not. Lucy in the Sky is a miscalculated mess, with so many things in it and so little as well that it's hard to remain engaged.

The movie feels empty, emotionless and very dull. The only thing of visual interest are when then the aspect ratio of the film changes throughout the film. We go from 4:3 to 16:9 and more. The screen shrinks grows and it all seems based on how our character is feeling at the time. It's interesting, but proves to be a large distraction.

The film ultimately has nothing to really offer. There's no incite, no intrigue and it's ultimately empty. Natalie Portman does her best as do the rest of the cast, but it ends up just being a failed film with good ideas executed poorly.

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Release Date:

4 October 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


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$54,058, 6 October 2019

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2.39 : 1
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