Wendy and Lucy

2008, Drama, 1h 20m

187 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Michelle Williams gives a heartbreaking performance in Wendy and Lucy, a timely portrait of loneliness and struggle. Read critic reviews

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Wendy (Michelle Williams), a near-penniless drifter, is traveling to Alaska in search of work, and her only companion is her dog, Lucy. Already perilously close to losing everything, Wendy hits a bigger bump in the road when her old car breaks down and she is arrested for shoplifting dog food. When she posts bail and returns to retrieve Lucy, she finds that the dog is gone, prompting a frantic search for her pet.

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  • Dec 31, 2012
    In my opinion, this is the best that we have seen of Michelle Williams on screen. Reichardt brings out genuine emotion in a very touching story of a woman on the brink of survival. Unfortunate circumstances put her on the street and make her reliant on the good will (or lack thereof) of a small town in Oregon.
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  • Jun 10, 2012
    Wendy is a small town girl who packed up her life in a tiny beaten up car to make her way to Alaska to find a job with her dog Lucy. On the way she stops off in a small Oregon town the get some sleep and finds that her car wont start in the morning. An unfortunate amount of bad luck makes it's way into Wendy's life. The dog food has run out and with not much money on hand Wendy takes a can of dog food from the grocery store only to get caught by an adolescent employee and ends up in jail. By the time Wendy gets back to the store Lucy is missing and Wendy's search for her loyal companion begins. Wendy and Lucy is a slow paced drama. It took me two times to sit down and actually start watching the film. Being a fan of Michelle Williams was the only reason why I wanted to watch it, otherwise I would have passed it up. It's not your typical loving pet story, happy ending everything is perfect movie, but thats what makes it so great. It's a real story, with real feeling and misfortune, real life.
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  • Oct 25, 2011
    Looking at the rating of the movie, it seems that (not surprisingly) I failed to comprehend the movie. Except for the protagonists and less than one handful of scenes, there absolutely was nothing that pleased me. I felt as if Lucy's mystery would land me into an interesting slot (agreed, my fault; but then waiting with nothing in hand, I thought this as hell might be it), but having seen it now, I'm blank as to what I was supposed to look forward to in the story. What were the makers expecting me to expect in Wendy's fateful (!!!) road trip? Guess this one is for the brilliants. And I'd be more than pleased to leave it to them. Those looking for entertainment (as per my exceptionally exceptional definition, of course), please be kind enough to browse the rest of the boundless sections of movies available.
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