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Lucky

2017, Comedy/Drama, 1h 28m

152 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Lucky is a bittersweet meditation on mortality, punctuating the career of beloved character actor Harry Dean Stanton. Read critic reviews

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A 90-year-old atheist has outlived and out-smoked his contemporaries, and as he comes to terms with his own mortality, he searches for ever-elusive enlightenment.

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  • Oct 02, 2021
    Harry Dean Stanton plays an old old guy in a small out-of-the-way desert town who has it pretty good overall. He's not sick, he's financially set, everyone in town understands and accepts him. So what's the problem? This is one of those works that happen to say something you most likely probably already know but says it so beautifully that you are awestruck, and so the effect is one of staying with you long after. It does so by having stripped all the usual story additives meant to be engaging but most usually distract from what is important. This focus, so resolute, is dazzling.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2018
    Harry Dean Stanton should have received an Oscar for his sublime farewell in this film, a touching (yet rather uneven) character study that works more when embracing a minimalist Jim Jarmusch-like style than when trying to be David Lynch with a philosophical "message."
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2018
    Harry Dean Stanton is given the leading role he always deserved, and it is interesting to see a film like this that doesn't cop out on its atheism.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2017
    I didn't originally expect to see this film though I found it to be a fine tale of an old man living out his existence in an isolated town in the middle of the American desert. Most of the tropes are here, though luckily given a fresh twist to tie into our modern times as does the main character's conservative views kick in to not obey the modern laws. Harry Dean Stanton gives a fine performance as the title character, able to connect and have great chemistry with the other locals around him as the audience follows his POV most of the time. Even with the presence of David Lynch acting in the film being close to director, John Carrol Lynch, It made me think of 'The Straight Story' which had similar themes along the lines of old age and adapting to the ever changing world. What kept the film going were the great characters that added a great sense of levity and humour to the narrative, along with the smartly written script and beautiful cinematography capturing the modern ever changing time of the old american west. Recommended mainly to the patient crowed who'll enjoy deadpan humour based on natural acting and the appeal of elders.
    Luke E Super Reviewer

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