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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: 29
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  • Audience

    28%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Even though Lucky You is sometimes dull and generally thin, there is something winning about the movie's genial lack of ambition.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Friday, May 4, 2007

Rotten: Lucky You undoes what Rounders did right.

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

Fresh: Lucky You is hardly Mr. Hanson's strongest effort, but it does contain many of his saving graces: a warm regard for his characters, an unhurried pace for his narrative and a grown-up sense of morality.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Audience Reviews

2 stars

The detachment of poker makes for unsatisfying drama.

- wbgoose13, Saturday, May 12, 2007

1 star

With such an amazing pedigree (acclaimed writer, director, stars), Lucky You should have had Lady Luck at its side just based on the cards that it was dealt. What results, however, is an antiseptic drama that checked but never anted up to (let alone raised) the stakes on the table. Worse among its gambits is the movies insistence on masquerading as a drama. Lucky You is a closet comedy and would have worked much better coming out and waxing its humorous sideespecially as evidenced by a spirited scene involving Horatio Sanz, a 5 mile run, and 18 holes of golf. In the R-rated drama Lucky You, a high-stakes card player (Bana) looks to win the World Series of Poker, the affections of a lovelorn singer (Barrymore), and his gambler father (Robert Duvall). Director Curtis Hanson had the luck of the draw with L.A. Confidential, arguably one of the 10 best films of the last 25 years. Truthfully, Confidential has more verve and panache in its blooper reel than Lucky You does in its entire running time. Though Bana exhibited some of the best dramatic chops of 2005 with Munich, he is not given enough to work with from his supporting players (Barrymore, Duvall) or a lackluster script. Having Forrest Gump and The Good Shepherd to his resume, so much more was expected of screenwriter Eric Roth, who gives audiences a story that plays off a mans obvious degeneracy as a cutesy aw-shucks character trait, quickly spiraling what should have been comedy into horror. Bottom line: Leaves the audience busted.

- jeffboam, Wednesday, August 11, 2010

2 stars

Cool movie I guess.

- Yinali, Friday, November 27, 2009