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Lucky You (2007)



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

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some language and sexual humor)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Curtis Hanson, Eric Roth
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 18, 2007
Box Office: $5.7M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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
Kenny Cau
as Chinese Restaurant W...
Karina Jett
as Himself
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
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 Playe...
John Hennigan
as Ralph Kaczynski
Sam O'Connor
as Old Man
Bill McKinney
as Satellite Cashier
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
Yetta Gottesman
as Poker Room Cashier
Jennifer Harmon
as Shannon Kincaid
Elisabeth Granli
as Cocktail Waitress at...
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
Tracy Howe
as Roy's Guy
Eddie Hill
as Washroom Attendant
Bradford English
as Tommy the Poker Host
Omar Benson Miller
as Card Grabber
Alexandr Kuznetzov
as Russian Player
Alexei Kuznetsov
as Russian Player
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Critic Reviews for Lucky You

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (44)

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.

Full Review… | April 10, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Don't bet on Barrymore's lackluster poker rom-com.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

Curtis Hanson's film concerns itself with wage-makers' addictive pathological itch, desperate hustles and poker's cult of very strange personalities. Its most striking "Tin Cup" kinship: Vindication and victory don't always arrive together.

Full Review… | September 19, 2010

I don't think I believed the movie Lucky You, but I sort of enjoyed it. A caveat: I enjoy watching poker on ESPN. If you don't, this movie will bore you.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Since Lucky You overdid the poker cliches to death, let me end with one of my favorites: 'You got to know when to hold'em, know when to fold'em.' It seems this film never learned that lesson.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
The Scorecard Review

Better to fold 'em than to spend time watching Eric Bana and Drew Barrymore go literally nowhere.

Full Review… | January 4, 2008
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Audience Reviews for Lucky You


This was movie was so boring. Long scenes just watching people play poker... not the most enthralling set up for a movie. I mainly stuck through this one because I do like Drew Barrymore and have enjoyed most of her movies. She's sweet in this as always, but it's not enough to make for interesting viewing. To me, anyhow. Perhaps if you are a poker enthusiast you might feel differently!

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Enjoyable enough for poker fans, but overall, too many other stupid things going on. It solidified my conviction that Drew Barrymore should stick to strictly comedic roles.

Taylor Bond

Super Reviewer


Director Curtis Hanson made this comedy-drama film of professional poker players' lives quite fantastic and interesting for the fans wanted to give experiences on the poker game. He also set up an interesting interplay of characters, with the scenes between Robert Duvall and Eric Bana especially memorable.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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