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Luckytown (2001)





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Two young hipsters go to Las Vegas to chase their dreams, but neither is happy with what they find in this dark comedy-drama. Lidda (Kirsten Dunst) is a young woman who hasn't heard in many years from her father Charlie (James Caan), a gambler working the casinos in Las Vegas. On her 18th birthday, Charlie sends her a check as a present, and Lidda, excited to finally hear from her dad again, heads out to Vegas to see him face to face. En route, Lidda picks up Colonel (Vincent Kartheiser), a convenience store clerk who fancies himself a cool hand with a deck of cards. Once in Vegas, Lidda goes looking for Charlie, while Colonel ends up in a high stakes poker game; he wins, but that turns out to be bad luck on his part when he sees how Tony (Robert Miano), the owner of a strip joint, reacts to losing a big hand.more
Rating: R (Violence, sexuality, drug use, nudity, language.)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By: ,
Written By: Brenden Beseth
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 17, 2001
Studio Home Entertainment


James Caan
as Charlie
Robert Miano
as Tony DeCarlo
Dom Angelo
as Dealer
Sly Smith
as Mario
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Critic Reviews for Luckytown

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Full Review… | June 6, 2008
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Full Review… | August 18, 2001

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Full Review… | July 19, 2001
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Seems writer Brendan Beseth had never heard of the old adage "write what you know" as this is as artificial a gambling movie as you're likely to find. Prime example is the laughable lone cardplaying scene where two old nemeses play for $300,000. One of them owns a swank nightclub which affords plenty of privacy, but for some unknown reason they meet in a dingy, sweaty boxing gym after hours. Then, the showdown is over after one hand! The script is equally poor in trying to force a phony love-hate relationship between two road-tripping youths where you get to decide who is the bigger douche. Is it Kirsten Dunst whose intentionally erratic driving leaves them stranded in the Nevada desert? Or is it Vincent Kartheiser who gambles away their money (after being up $40,000) and also neglects to inform her that he found her father, the reason she came to Las Vegas? Match a bad script with some subpar performances and you're drawing dead, only James Caan, Robert Miano, and Luis Guzman display any faint conviction in the material. Theresa Russell's role is over before her name even appears in the opening credits! Similarly, Luckytown craps out early.

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