Lucky You (2007)

CURTIS HANSON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B

USA/Australia, 2007.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Deuce Three Productions, DiNovi Pictures, Lonely Film Productions GmbH & Co. KG.. Story by , Screenplay by Eric Roth, Curtis Hanson.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Unbearable mess about a gambling addict () who meets a sweet Las Vegas lounge singer () and risks the possibility of moving away from destruction and towards something healthy. He can’t back away from the opportunity of a lifetime, however, when a poker championship beckons and his star opponent is his father (Robert Duvall) from whom he’s been estranged for years. After a run of terrific films like L.A. Confidential, Wonder Boys and In Her Shoes, Curtis Hanson lays a major turkey egg with this bombastic failure, dull in pace, dialogue and character and lacking any momentum whatsoever. Good luck getting past the first thirty minutes, which go nowhere fast and emphasize the complete lack of charisma that Bana possesses; this guy is not untalented and he’s definitely easy on the eyes, but he can’t carry a film to save his life. Barrymore is her usual fetching self but she can do nothing to help here.

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