Lucky Break (2002)



Critic Consensus: Lucky Break fails to do anything new with The Full Monty formula.

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The first feature by director Peter Cattaneo since his award-winning British smash hit The Full Monty, Lucky Break is another comedy in the same mold, this time taking place in prison. Small-time crooks Jimmy (James Nesbitt) and Rudy (Lennie James), after years of no success, decide to pull a bank job, where they are both captured and incarcerated. Jimmy is then transferred to Long Rudford, run by the steely security chief Perry (Ron Cook). Jimmy again runs into Rudy (whom he left to take the initial rap) and shares a cell with Cliff (Timothy Spall), a portly man prone to depression. The prison warden, Mortimer (Christopher Plummer), is heavily into Broadway musicals and offers Jimmy an opportunity to stage his long-unproduced work, "Nelson: The Musical," which Jimmy will use as a means to bust out of the prison. After working hard on the new tuner, the boys try to find a way both to do the show and to continue their arduously planned escape. The Sixth Sense's Olivia Williams co-stars as a guard Jimmy falls for, and British comic actors Bill Nighy and Frank Harper appear in supporting roles.
PG-13 (for brief strong language and some sexual references)
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Bill Nighy
as Roger
Ron Cook
as Perry
Frank Harper
as John Toombes
Christopher Plummer
as Graham Mortimer
Julian Barratt
as Paul Dean
Peter Wight
as Officer George Barratt
Andy Linden
as Kenny
Ram John Holder
as Old Bill
John Pierce Jones
as Mad Lenny
Ofo Uhiara
as Wayne
Brian Abbott
as Officer Phillips
William Howe
as Ritchie
John Drew
as Security Officer
Sean McKenzie
as Perry's Assistant
Georgie Glen
as Audience Member
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Critic Reviews for Lucky Break

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (18)

The end result is like cold porridge with only the odd enjoyably chewy lump.

Full Review… | October 21, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

The formulaic script, stocked with not one truly menacing inmate, echoes far too many sentimental post-Full Monty imports.

July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
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A prison comedy that never really busts out of its comfy little cell.

Full Review… | May 31, 2002
Detroit Free Press
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It's what the Brits themselves might call fair to middling.

May 13, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

A pleasing but routine British comedy set in an English prison.

Full Review… | April 24, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

No worse a film than Breaking Out, and Breaking Out was utterly charming.

Full Review… | April 24, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Lucky Break

Between a 5/10 and 6/10, the intent is almost exactly the same as The Full Monty. All that's missing is the spontaneity, originality and delight.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

What an entertaining find this was! Sure at times the plot is predictable and some sub plots are not fully fleshed out, perhaps they should've been axed all together...but on the whole Nesbitt and Williams carry the movie and it is a comedy with enough drama that invites you to see what happens. A fun flick!

Lisa Conant
Lisa Conant

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