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Lucky You (2007)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 141
Fresh: 41 | Rotten: 100

Lucky You tries to combine a romantic story with the high-stakes world of poker, but comes up with an empty hand.


Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 31

Lucky You tries to combine a romantic story with the high-stakes world of poker, but comes up with an empty hand.



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In the world of high-stakes poker, Huck Cheever is a blaster--a player who goes all out, all the time. But in his personal relationships, Huck plays it tight, expertly avoiding emotional commitments and long-term expectations. When Huck sets out to win the main event of the 2003 World Series of Poker--and the affections of Billie Offer, a young singer from Bakersfield--there is one significant obstacle in his path: his anger toward his father, L.C. Cheever, the poker legend who abandoned Huck's



Curtis Hanson, Eric Roth

Sep 18, 2007


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Hanson and Roth shuffle the two sides of the movie, the poker tournament and the love affair, with a Howard Hawksian feel for casual professionalism.

April 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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While fans of Eric Bana may get a kick out of his meaty, manly performance, Drew Barrymore is a huge mistake.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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.

May 16, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Feels like Showgirls without the tits or dancing.

May 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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It's a ponderous, anemic bore about how to play poker that exploits the trendy gambling fever that is all the rage on the Internet and cable TV, but doesn't have enough energy to keep the most catatonic tournament-poker addict awake.

May 9, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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Most of Lucky You, starting with the title, is ordinary or outright awful. Moviemakers, it seems, cannot bluff their way to success.

May 7, 2007 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Don't bet on Barrymore's lackluster poker rom-com.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Curtis Hanson's film concerns itself with wage-makers' addictive pathological itch, desperate hustles and poker's cult of very strange personalities. Its most striking "Tin Cup" kinship: Vindication and victory don't always arrive together.

September 19, 2010 Full Review Source:

I don't think I believed the movie Lucky You, but I sort of enjoyed it. A caveat: I enjoy watching poker on ESPN. If you don't, this movie will bore you.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Since Lucky You overdid the poker cliches to death, let me end with one of my favorites: 'You got to know when to hold'em, know when to fold'em.' It seems this film never learned that lesson.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

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

January 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Personally, I think this is one of those misunderstood films that never got a fair shake. DVD often corrects such oversights, and my hope is that Lucky You will finally find the appreciative audience it deserves.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Lucky You undoes what Rounders did right.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

...a well-intentioned romantic-gambling film that misses the mark by providing little we haven't seen before and better.

September 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

As soon as it has to face the real world, and deal with "emotions," it goes completely slack.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

...everything about the movie is a little out-of-it, and not just because it's been lying on the studio shelf for a couple of years.

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

It's a shame that Barrymore's scenes are such a washout because the rest of the film is perfectly fine.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

The end result is a movie that would have been better off eschewing its comedic aspirations in order to tell a serious story, which Hanson and Duvall have more than proven they're capable of.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It is amazing how safe Hanson and company play it.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

Gambling and love rarely mix.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies
Zertinet Movies

Can't decide whether it's a cautionary tale about gambling, a weepy father-son drama or a breezy rom-com.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Lucky You is a decent and often engaging character study that deserved more respect from critics and the studio than it received.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Below average, overlong drama that fails to deliver an emotional punch, largely because it's unsure of whether it wants to be a father-son drama or a romcom.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Gambling drama never seems to draw the right cards. Best to fold...

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Sunday Mirror [UK]
Sunday Mirror [UK]

But Lucky You would be distinctly better if it were shorter in length and clearer about the rules of the game. Its idea that gamblers carry on much the same in life as they do at the tables is hardly original enough to sustain the whole film.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Audience Reviews for Lucky You

This was movie was so boring. Long scenes just watching people play poker... not the most enthralling set up for a movie. I mainly stuck through this one because I do like Drew Barrymore and have enjoyed most of her movies. She's sweet in this as always, but it's not enough to make for interesting viewing. To me, anyhow. Perhaps if you are a poker enthusiast you might feel differently!
December 12, 2008

Super Reviewer

Enjoyable enough for poker fans, but overall, too many other stupid things going on. It solidified my conviction that Drew Barrymore should stick to strictly comedic roles.
April 23, 2008
Taylor Bond

Super Reviewer

Director Curtis Hanson made this comedy-drama film of professional poker players' lives quite fantastic and interesting for the fans wanted to give experiences on the poker game. He also set up an interesting interplay of characters, with the scenes between Robert Duvall and Eric Bana especially memorable.
February 10, 2008
Dean McKenna

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[font=Century Gothic]In "Lucky You," Huck Cheever(Eric Bana) is a professional gambler living in Las Vegas who spends all of his time trying to gain entry to the World Series of Poker which requires a $10,000 entrance fee. During his rounds, he rescues Billie(Drew Barrymore), sister of an old acquaintance who is in town from her native Bakersfield to pursue a singing career. He gives her a tour of the Las Vegas that he is familiar with, one where the gamblers do nothing else, pretty much living and sleeping in the casinos. In one case, that's literally true. [/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Curtis Hanson, "Lucky You" may not have a particularly strong story, but it is a well-told character study(of a character who is not really that likable but that works too), starting with the bravura opening scene set in a pawn shop. On the other hand, the daddy issues are way too familiar. And while the climax is in the expected place, events do not unfold exactly as predicted. But isn't that the way it is with true life where no matter how talented a person is, luck is always a large factor in a deciding their destiny?[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]The casting is superb, and not only with the principal actors. Most of the faces seen in the movie do not look like they came from Hollywood. Instead, they look like real people who came to Las Vegas and are still trying to find a way out. And not even Drew Barrymore is exempt from this particular spell of deglamorization. [/font]
May 18, 2008
Walter M.

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