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Lucky Numbers (2000)



Critic Consensus: Nora Ephron's attempt at dark comedy is an uneven product, both in terms of the direction and the acting. The characters are unlikable to the point where you don't care what happens to them, and Ephron condescends to the material.

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While lots of people dream of winning the lottery, one man hatches a more ambitious plan than just buying a ticket and hoping for the best in this satiric comedy. Russ Richards (John Travolta), a weatherman on a local TV station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, sells snowmobiles on the side, but both careers are in a rut thanks to an unusually warm winter. Russ's girlfriend Crystal (Lisa Kudrow) appears on the State Lottery's weekly televised drawing, pulling the numbered balls out of the rotating bin. With the help of a few of his less scrupulous friends - among them sleazy strip joint proprietor Gig (Tim Roth), small time hood Dale The Thug (Michael Rappaport), and Crystal's sleazy cousin Walter (Michael Moore) - Russ figures out a way to rig the drawing and have Crystal pull numbers that they happen to own. However, Russ discovers that making the scheme work and keeping everyone quiet about it is more trouble than it's worth. The supporting cast includes Chris Kattan, Ed O'Neill, and Bill Pullman; Nora Ephron, who previously worked with Travolta on the comedy hit Michael, directed. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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John Travolta
as Russ Richards
Lisa Kudrow
as Crystal
Bill Pullman
as Lakewood
Richard Schiff
as Jerry Green
Sam McMurray
as Chief Troutman
Caroline Aaron
as Nurse Sharpling
Nick Loren
as Father
Emmy Labourne
as Process Server
Ken Jenkins
as Dan Schuff
Andrea Walters
as Heidi Zimmer
Ginger Williams
as Larry's Girlfriend
Frank Riccardi Jr.
as Dale's Partner
Pat Jordan
as Larry's Mother
Scott Mosenson
as Paramedic
Katrina Law
as Teen Girl
Kim Stutzman
as Teen Girl
Susie Ewing
as Teen Girl
Nancy Hopewell
as Waltzing Crab Patron
Carmen Ashby
as Waltzing Crab Patron
Chris Palmer
as Mitch Robertson
Tony Carreiro
as Reporter
Stephanie Erb
as Reporter
J.J. Sacha
as Game Show Announcer
Etty Lau
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Lucky Numbers

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (30)

Never finds the comic tone it's after.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The movie is as lifeless and unfunny as a corpse on a slab.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic

The characters are generally too repulsive even for our toleration, much less our affection, and the comedy is too mild to transcend that lack of involvement.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

A movie that drips with condescension.

January 1, 2000
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

A dark comedy in the muckraking mode that starts out murderously well but then begins to unravel -- just like Russ' misbegotten schemes.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Now I like dumb comedy as much as the next dimwit, but not when the filmmakers condescend to their characters in order to make the audience feel superior.

January 1, 2000
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Lucky Numbers


John Travolta and Lisa Kudrow star in the crime comedy film Lucky Numbers. Travolta is Russ Richards, a weatherman that is having financial trouble so he decides to try and fix the lottery with the lottery number caller girl (Kudrow). They involve Rapport, Roth and Moore among others to hatch the scheme and everything of course spirals out of control. Unlucky Numbers was a poor man's Fargo as far as crime comedies go, but was worth a couple chuckles along the way.

Raji Kosloske
Raji Kosloske

Such a silly movie but really funny.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

A movie that's so forgettable you may need to rewind it to remember what's going on. Still, it's as harmless as Goldilock's porridge.

Christopher  Brown
Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer

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