Lucky

2011

Lucky

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How could a recently orphaned, 10-year-old homeless South African boy ever be called Lucky? Over the grave of his dead mother, Lucky makes a promise to make something of himself. Leaving the security of his remote Zulu village for the big city with the hope of going to school, he arrives on the doorstep of an uncle who has no use for him. Lucky then falls in with Padma, an elderly Indian woman with an inherent fear of Africans, who takes him in as she would a stray dog. Together, unable to speak each other's language, they develop an unlikely bond. Through an odyssey marked by greed, violence, and, ultimately, belonging, Lucky shows how a child's spirit can bring out decency, humility and even love in adults struggling to survive in the new South Africa.

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  • Feb 13, 2014
    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 G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2012
    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 R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2011
    Considering the bad ratings here, I wasn't expecting too much from this movie. Actually, I found it rather fun. Well done. Casted well. A nice dark quirky comedy. Not sure what there was to hate about it...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2011
    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."

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