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Lucky (2011)

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14

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 6

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30

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
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Ben Keller (Colin Hanks) has just won the Iowa State Lotto. The catch? The winning ticket belongs to Leslie Singer, the dead girl in his closet. With $36 million now at his disposal, Ben has the newfound confidence to pursue his life-long crush, Lucy St. Martin (Ari Graynor). But can all the money in the world compensate for the fact that Ben is a fledgling serial killer? As their relationship spirals out of control and the body count rises, Lucy and Ben do all they can to survive love,

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Drama, Comedy

Kent Sublette

Oct 10, 2011

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (10)

Nearly every step the movie makes feels completely random, with no payoff.

July 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Thank your lucky stars I had to see Gil Cates Jr.'s darkly comic misfire early enough to warn you against wasting your own time and money.

July 15, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Mr. Hanks performs with customary blankness and a woeful lack of chemistry with his hardworking co-star.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
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Nothing is bleaker than failed black comedy, which this is.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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The concept, perilously high, is further overloaded by performances that are perilously broad, particularly from Graynor and an ill-used Ann-Margret as Ben's mother.

July 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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It gets bogged down in slo-mo indie quirk when it should be faster, more in our face.

July 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Can a serial killer and a gold-digger find happiness as lottery winners? That's the thin premise of this comedy misfire.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's meant to be deadpan but Lucky is just dead, period. Only Graynor manages to inject any life into it. But she might as well be shooting electricity through a corpse

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

A dark, deeply deranged comedy.

July 13, 2011 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

Lucky, unfortunately, is terrible: overbearing, obnoxious, and boring.

July 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comment (1)
Slant Magazine

Colin Hanks perfects his enigmatic poker face veneer and knack for scary fun, as an Iowa bottom feeder working stiff. Still stuck in perpetual boyhood and living at home with his clinging when not nagging mom Pauline, a wickedly eccentric Ann-Margret.

June 28, 2011 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
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Audience Reviews for Lucky

Even a serial killer can win the lottery.

Good movie! This film is innovative and clever and extraordinarily well written. The screenplay was an extraordinary piece of writing. I won't give anything away, because if you like quirky independent film, you should see this movie. But, some of the scenes were beautifully nuanced. In particular, the final scene, which was an extremely difficult scene to pull off. Sublette manages to make it work. The pacing, editing, and direction are all as good as it gets. And the way the screenplay subtly builds these characters so that we believe their relationship is masterful. In "Lucky", the lack of regard for morality, as understood by the majority of the populace, is not obvious. It isn't a clear part of the plot. It isn't relied upon to engender fear or revulsion. I almost didn't notice it until near the end of the film. It is as if the film was made entirely by people unaware that such a concept as "objective morality" even existed. Of course it wasn't. If for no other reason than that, "Lucky" deserves praise.

Ben Keller is sort of a bumbler who carries a torch for Lucy, a co-worker he's known since childhood. She's indifferent until he wins $36 million in the Iowa lottery; trouble is, he murdered the young woman who bought the ticket (it's not his first murder), but the mercenary Lucy doesn't discover Ben's secret until their honeymoon. She figures out that he murders women who look like her, so she's probably safe: she'd like to wait for the next lottery check to come in the mail, then run away. Ben knows she knows and wants her to love him anyway. With a police detective sniffing around and Ben's protective mother watching things carefully, can Lucy make a great escape?
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three stars
June 14, 2012
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Funny black comedy. Ben wins the lottery and ends up marrying his life long love Lucy. She discovers that he is a serial killer, she digs up the bodies and moves them so that they can't be found and she can still live off the winnings.
February 18, 2012
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Candy Rose

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Cast: Colin Hanks, Ari Graynor, Jeffrey Tambor, Mimi Rogers, Ann-Margret, Adam Harrington, Tom Amandes, Heather Marie Marsden, Allison Mackie, Dana Daurey

Director: Gil Cates Jr.

Summary: When an aspiring serial killer strikes it rich in the state lottery, he uses the cash to marry his dream girl -- and advance his career as a murderer. But there's trouble when his wife -- and a curious detective -- uncovers the truth.

My Thoughts: "Ari Graynor is the best thing in this movie. Her character is quite quirky and fun. She does a great job in the movie. I wish the director/writer would have went a little bit darker with this serial killing comedy. Colin Hanks plays such a nice character that it's either smart, cause you don't suspect him, or you find him so unbelievable that you can't picture him being so evil. I found it smart. It's always the too nice guys who are the crazies if you ask me. The film had so much potential to be great, but it just fell flat. Still, it was worth taking a look at and not a film I regret watching."
February 11, 2012
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