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Lucky You

comedy, drama, romance


Pro gambler Huck Cheever (Eric Bana) meets irresistible Billie Offer (Drew Barrymore) and learns to treat love the way he treats cards: trusting his heart instead of his head.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    29%
  • Audience Score
    28%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
0 out of 5

Don't bet on Barrymore's lackluster poker rom-com.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this isn't a typical bright and bubbly Drew Barrymore romantic comedy. While there's not much sex or violence, there's plenty of antisocial behavior and compulsive gambling. One character runs a telephone scam, while others live in bathrooms to win bets. The main character steals his girlfriend's money and gambles away someone else's. He also encourages his girlfriend to lie and cheat for him. Goons looking to collect on his debts throw him into an empty pool, where he scrapes up his face. Some swearing and drinking.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the media's fascination with poker. Is it fun to watch people gambling? Why? Do you think there's some voyeurism involved? The movie's theatrical release date was delayed several times, making its poker-centric storyline less of the moment and timely -- does that affect how much you do or don't enjoy it? How are release dates determined to begin with? Who decides when the "best" time to put something in theaters is, and how does that affect a movie's success or failure? Families can also discuss gambling addiction. Do you agree with Huck when he says that he's not hurting anyone but himself? What would you do in his situation?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    29%
    reviews counted: 10
    see all Lucky You reviews
  • Audience

    28%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Lucky You undoes what Rounders did right.

- Adam Fendelman, HollywoodChicago.com, Monday, September 24, 2007

Fresh:

- Brooke Holgerson, Boston Phoenix, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Rotten: Better to fold 'em than to spend time watching Eric Bana and Drew Barrymore go literally nowhere.

- Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

There's alot of excellent movies about poker/gambling. This ain't one of them. Enjoyable though. Bana and Duvall good as always.

- TheMachinist, Tuesday, June 3, 2008

3 stars

"Nobody's that much better than anybody else at the big tables. They have different styles, different ways of doing things. Everybody knows how to play. The key to winning is watching and understanding." A good romantic drama about poker. With a great cast like Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall and Debra Messing.

- MagnusMagica, Monday, May 11, 2009

4 stars

Nice little character study of compulsive gambler. Film makers went to lengths to ensure gambling lifestyle rang true, and it does.

- threefolddado, Sunday, August 24, 2008