Lucky (2011)



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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, marriage, and each other. -- (C) Phase 4 Films
R (for language, some violence and brief sexuality)
Comedy , Drama
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Colin Hanks
as Ben Keller
Ari Graynor
as Lucy St. Martin
as Pauline Keller
Jeffrey Tambor
as Detective Harold Waylon
Adam Harrington
as Steve Mason
Mimi Rogers
as Ms. Brand
Tom Amandes
as Jonathan
Michelle Davidson
as Leslie Singer
Michelle Davison
as Leslie Singer
Olivia Sather
as Shannon
Eric Kirchberger
as Sunny Mart Clerk
Bryan McClure
as Sandwich Guy
Bennett Wright
as 8-year-old Ben
Lena Krussel
as Mechanic
Thom Sibbitt
as Mechanic
Jill Carr
as Woman
Virginia Kincaid
as Another Woman
Virgnia Kincaid
as Another Woman
Ryle Smith
as Another Man
Michael Arata
as Man with Piña Colada
Olivia Johnson
as Woman Eating Cheese Fries
Angelea Jenson
as Female Anchor
Patrick Combs
as Male Anchor
Jeanne Averill
as Sales Lady
Bernie Clark
as Older Man
Kay Clark
as Older Woman
Meghan Strange
as Woman Eating Celery Sticks
Elizabeth Uhl
as Stephanie
Robert Baker
as Sunny Mart Manager
Samantha Gutstadt
as Dark Haired Woman
Dana Daurey
as Wendy
as Lucy's Dad
Matt Harwell
as Reporter #1
Michelle Schrage
as Reporter #2
Danny Wayne
as Stunt Coordinator
as Kurt
as Branford
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Critic Reviews for Lucky

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

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

Full Review… | July 22, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Mr. Hanks performs with customary blankness and a woeful lack of chemistry with his hardworking co-star.

July 14, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Nothing is bleaker than failed black comedy, which this is.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
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.

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

Full Review… | July 12, 2011
Time Out
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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?

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

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three stars

MisterYoda ?
MisterYoda ?

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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.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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