Lucky Numbers (2000)

NORA EPHRON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B

France/USA, 2000.  Paramount Pictures, StudioCanal, Mad Chance.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Nora Ephron, , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Truly awful Nora Ephron comedy about a financially troubled weather man (John Travolta) who decides along with his slutty, foul-mouthed girlfriend () to fix the state lottery. Unluckily for them, others find out about the scheme and try to break in on the sharing of the loot, many of them bringing fatal luck upon themselves for it. Ephron’s direction is clunky and uninspired, a sorry fact considering how good a job Travolta is doing in the lead. Kudrow is her usually perfectly-timed comedic self as the femme fatale, but she’s so mean and nasty to everybody that you end up wishing she would just disappear. The most inspired moments of the film involve a hilariously low-key Tim Roth as a strip club owner with fingers in lots of different pies.

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