Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.
France/USA, 2000. Paramount Pictures, StudioCanal, Mad Chance. Screenplay by Adam Resnick. Cinematography by John Lindley. Produced by Sean Daniel, Nora Ephron, Jonathan D. Krane, Andrew Lazar. Music by George Fenton. Production Design by Dan Davis. Costume Design by Albert Wolsky. Film Editing by Barry Malkin.
Truly awful Nora Ephron comedy about a financially troubled weather man (John Travolta) who decides along with his slutty, foul-mouthed girlfriend (Lisa Kudrow) 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.