Lucky You

2007

Lucky You

Critics Consensus

Lucky You tries to combine a romantic story with the high-stakes world of poker, but comes up with an empty hand.

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In the world of high-stakes poker, Huck Cheever is a blaster--a player who goes all out, all the time. But in his personal relationships, Huck plays it tight, expertly avoiding emotional commitments and long-term expectations. When Huck sets out to win the main event of the 2003 World Series of Poker--and the affections of Billie Offer, a young singer from Bakersfield--there is one significant obstacle in his path: his anger toward his father, L.C. Cheever, the poker legend who abandoned Huck's mother years ago. As these two rivals progress toward a final showdown at the poker table, Huck learns that to win in the games of life and poker, he must try to play cards the way he has been living his life and live his life the way he has been playing cards.

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Cast

Eric Bana
as Huck Cheever
Drew Barrymore
as Billie Offer
Robert Duvall
as L.C. Cheever
Debra Messing
as Suzanne Offer
Horatio Sanz
as Ready Eddie
Jean Smart
as Michelle Carson
Robert Downey Jr.
as Telephone Jack
Josh Cohen
as David Oppenheim
Bill May
as Frank Belando
Jack Binion
as Himself
Johnny Chan
as Himself
Karina Jett
as Himself
Kenny Cau
as Chinese Restaurant Waiter
Kelvin Han Yee
as Chico Banh
John Juanda
as Himself
Mike Matusow
as Himself
Erik Seidel
as Himself
Sonny Suroweic
as Roy's Guy
Mimi Tran
as Herself
Ed Refuerzo
as Filipino Player
Evan Jones
as Jason Keyes
Jack Younger
as Room Service Waiter
Sam Farha
as Himself
Chau Giang
as Himself
Dara Khy
as Dealer
Pat Callihan
as Man in Cowboy Hat
Jennifer Harman
as Shannon Kincaid
Alexandr Kuznetzov
as Russian Player
Michael Shannon
as Ray Zumbro
Mark Tymchyshyn
as Tournament Official
Norris Watsky
as Elderly Dealer
Shawn Parr
as TV Commentator
Matt Savage
as Tournament Director
Francine Beers
as Elderly Female Player
John Hennigan
as Ralph Kaczynski
Bill McKinney
as Satellite Cashier
Sam O'Connor
as Old Man
Hoyt Corkins
as Himself
Tina Schafer
as Woman With Straight
Crystal Simanek
as Cocktail Waitress
Robby Bostick
as Poker Room Host
Danny Hoch
as Bobby Basketball
Joey Kern
as Billie's Admirer
Gay Burch
as Dealer
Hans Howes
as Big Buckle Iverson
Jennifer Harmon
as Shannon Kincaid
Yetta Gottesman
as Poker Room Cashier
Elisabeth Granli
as Cocktail Waitress at First Table
Jason Lester
as Himself
Ted Forrest
as Himself
Minh Ly
as Himself
John Murphy
as Himself
Laasa Howard
as Young Female Player
Aleksandr Kuznetsov
as Russian Player
David Oppenheim
as Josh Cohen
Ling Jo Eusebio
as David Chen
Richard Assad
as Karim Kasai
Chris Ferguson
as Chris Ferguson
Marsha Waggoner
as Marsha Waggoner
Madeleine Peyroux
as Lounge Singer
Sonny Surowiec
as Roy's Guy
Eddie Hill
as Washroom Attendant
Tracy Howe
as Roy's Guy
Bradford English
as Tommy the Poker Host
Omar Benson Miller
as Card Grabber
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Critic Reviews for Lucky You

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (101)

  • Hanson and Roth shuffle the two sides of the movie, the poker tournament and the love affair, with a Howard Hawksian feel for casual professionalism.

    Apr 10, 2008 | Rating: 3/4
  • But Lucky You would be distinctly better if it were shorter in length and clearer about the rules of the game. Its idea that gamblers carry on much the same in life as they do at the tables is hardly original enough to sustain the whole film.

    Jun 22, 2007 | Rating: 2/5
  • In the past, poker-playing in the movies was likely to be something exciting but dangerous, not something to be dwelt on technically, and analogous to other criminal and self-destructive activities in the storyline.

    Jun 22, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Though Curtis Hanson captures the savage swings from high to low, he fails to when it comes to the addictive quality of poker

    Jun 22, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • While fans of Eric Bana may get a kick out of his meaty, manly performance, Drew Barrymore is a huge mistake.

    Jun 22, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    James Mottram

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • No way to make poker cinematic.

    Jun 22, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith

    BBC.com
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Lucky You

  • Aug 11, 2010
    With such an amazing pedigree (acclaimed writer, director, stars), Lucky You should have had Lady Luck at its side just based on the cards that it was dealt. What results, however, is an antiseptic drama that checked but never anted up to (let alone raised) the stakes on the table. Worse among its gambits is the movie’s insistence on masquerading as a drama. Lucky You is a closet comedy and would have worked much better coming out and waxing its humorous side—especially as evidenced by a spirited scene involving Horatio Sanz, a 5 mile run, and 18 holes of golf. In the R-rated drama Lucky You, a high-stakes card player (Bana) looks to win the World Series of Poker, the affections of a lovelorn singer (Barrymore), and his gambler father (Robert Duvall). Director Curtis Hanson had the luck of the draw with L.A. Confidential, arguably one of the 10 best films of the last 25 years. Truthfully, Confidential has more verve and panache in its blooper reel than Lucky You does in its entire running time. Though Bana exhibited some of the best dramatic chops of 2005 with Munich, he is not given enough to work with from his supporting players (Barrymore, Duvall) or a lackluster script. Having Forrest Gump and The Good Shepherd to his resume, so much more was expected of screenwriter Eric Roth, who gives audiences a story that plays off a man’s obvious degeneracy as a cutesy aw-shucks character trait, quickly spiraling what should have been comedy into horror. Bottom line: Leaves the audience busted.
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2009
    "Nobody's that much better than anybody else at the big tables. They have different styles, different ways of doing things. Everybody knows how to play. The key to winning is watching and understanding." A good romantic drama about poker. With a great cast like Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall and Debra Messing.
    Magnus X Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2008
    Utter Hogwash of Melo-Dramatic BullSh*t!
    Joseph E Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2008
    [font=Century Gothic]In "Lucky You," Huck Cheever(Eric Bana) is a professional gambler living in Las Vegas who spends all of his time trying to gain entry to the World Series of Poker which requires a $10,000 entrance fee. During his rounds, he rescues Billie(Drew Barrymore), sister of an old acquaintance who is in town from her native Bakersfield to pursue a singing career. He gives her a tour of the Las Vegas that he is familiar with, one where the gamblers do nothing else, pretty much living and sleeping in the casinos. In one case, that's literally true. [/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Directed by Curtis Hanson, "Lucky You" may not have a particularly strong story, but it is a well-told character study(of a character who is not really that likable but that works too), starting with the bravura opening scene set in a pawn shop. On the other hand, the daddy issues are way too familiar. And while the climax is in the expected place, events do not unfold exactly as predicted. But isn't that the way it is with true life where no matter how talented a person is, luck is always a large factor in a deciding their destiny?[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]The casting is superb, and not only with the principal actors. Most of the faces seen in the movie do not look like they came from Hollywood. Instead, they look like real people who came to Las Vegas and are still trying to find a way out. And not even Drew Barrymore is exempt from this particular spell of deglamorization. [/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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