Lucky You

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Ante up for a sure entertainment bet from L.A. Confidential director Curtis Hanson who co-wrote this charmer with fellow Academy Award winner Eric Roth (Forrest Gump). Pro gambler Huck Cheever (Eric Bana) meets irresistible Billie Offer (Drew Barrymore) and learns to treat love the way he treats cards: trusting his heart instead of his head. He also scrambles to raise the entry fee for the high-roller World Series of Poker even though - or maybe because - the tournament may pit him against his estranged father (Robert Duvall) a two-time Series winner.Running Time: 124 min. Format: DVD MOVIE. Genre: COMEDY. Rating: PG-13. Age: 012569701410. UPC: 012569701410. Manufacturer No: 70141


Studio Warner
SKU 204979715
UPC 012569701410
UPC 14 00012569701410
Format DVD
Release Date 9/28/2010
Rating Rating
Fathers And Sons
Las Vegas, Nevada
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Director Curtis Hanson (L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, WONDER BOYS) raises the stakes and takes on Las Vegas in LUCKY YOU. Huck Cheever (Eric Bana) plays poker for a living, using every opportunity that arises in daily life to hone his skills and test the odds. He is fueled by both a compulsion to win and the desire to do better than his father, L.C. Cheever (Robert Duvall), who is a championship poker player. Huck's skills come naturally, but he lacks patience. When he meets Billie Offer (Drew Barrymore), an earnest, honest girl from Bakersfield pursuing her dream of being a singer, he sees the possibility of a real relationship for the first time. But Huck's habits are hard to break, and he'll have to make some changes if he wants to make this relationship work.^Barrymore is sweet as Billie, but it is the relationship between Huck and his father that moves the story along. Huck harbors ill feelings towards L.C. from his childhood--feelings that are complicated by his burning desire to best his father at poker. Bana effectively shows the animosity Huck feels towards his father with subtle changes to his facial expression and body language, and Duvall actually makes the hard-nosed L.C. likable. Ultimately, the real star of this movie is poker. Throughout the film, it's the strategies and bets, the flops and the rivers, that draw the viewer in. Professional poker players served as consultants and extras in the film, lending authenticity to the World Series of Poker where father and son face off. Debra Messing plays Billie's sister, Horatio Sanz is Ready Eddie, who can turn any situation into a bet, and Robert Downey Jr. appears all too briefly as Huck's friend.
New York Times "Mr. Hanson's style is relaxed and observant; he is more interested in watching his characters than in hurrying them through the plot..." 05/04/2007 p.E10
Empire 3 stars out of 5 -- "Duvall and Bana spark off each other perfectly....The real star, however, is Hanson's Vegas, a seedy, grubby world that exists in a different universe from the Sin City of the Ocean's films." 11/01/2007 p.191
Curtis Hanson
Drew Barrymore
Eric Bana
Robert Duvall
Cast & Crew
Beat Frutiger - Art Director
Bruce Berman - Executive Producer
Christopher Young - Original Music By
Craig Kitson - Editor
Curtis Hanson - Writer
Curtis Hanson - Director
Debra Messing - Actor
Denise Di Novi - Producer
Drew Barrymore - Actor
Eric Bana - Actor
Eric Roth - Writer
Horatio Sanz - Actor
Jean Smart - Actor
Joey Kern - Actor
Peter Deming - Cinematographer
Robert Downey, Jr. - Actor
Robert Duvall - Actor
William Kerr - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 70141
UPC 00012569701410
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 124 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Like most movies concerned to one degree or another with the subject of gambling, Lucky You addresses the themes of obsession and redemption. The film loosely follows the trajectory of an "addiction movie," although it's less grim than pictures of this sort that deal with drug and alcohol dependency. The compelling and interesting aspect of Lucky You is not so much the compulsion that drives the main character but the way in which he interacts with those around him...It's something of a mystery why this movie has languished in-house so long at Warner Brothers...Director Curtis Hanson (8 Mile, L.A. Confidential) is well-respected. The cast includes three A-list stars and a number of prominent secondary players...The production, despite uneven pacing, is dramatically solid as it tills the fertile ground of fractured father/son relationships...Lucky You isn't Hanson's best movie but it's a respectable effort and deserves more of a chance to be seen than the one it's getting.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
Review Curtis Hanson's "Lucky You" is such an unassuming, unflashy picture that I fear it's doomed: Eric Bana plays Huck, a talented Las Vegas poker player with an unfortunate tendency to let his emotions get the better of him at the table, particularly when his poker-champ dad, L.C. (Robert Duvall), is staring him down from the other side..."Lucky You" treads no new territory: We're talking about a character with your garden-variety father issues and commitment issues. Barrymore's Billie is the kind of radiant charmer who wants to believe she can soothe the soul of the damaged gambler; naturally, he resists. And when Duvall's L.C. makes his entrance here, striding toward a table at which Bana's Huck is already seated, you can almost see the molecules of resentment dancing in the air between them.
Reviewer Stephanie Zacharek
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News Lucky You comes up aces.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor Hanson does some marvelous work.
Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times Well-crafted and insightful look at the mind-set of the hard-core gambler...Duvall is gold in this role.

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