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Lucky Them

Lucky Them

Director: Megan Griffiths,

Cast: Megan Griffiths, Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, Ryan Eggold


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Megan Griffiths's rueful comedy Lucky Them stars Toni Collette as Ellie Klug, a beloved rock journalist who has been covering the Seattle music scene for decades. When her boss (Oliver Platt) orders her to look into the mysterious disappearance of a onetime superstar


Megan Griffiths's rueful comedy Lucky Them stars Toni Collette as Ellie Klug, a beloved rock journalist who has been covering the Seattle music scene for decades. When her boss (Oliver Platt) orders her to look into the mysterious disappearance of a onetime superstar on the scene, who also happened to be romantically involved with Ellie, the jaded writer joins forces with a wannabe documentary filmmaker (Thomas Haden Church) to hunt down the singer, who may or may not have killed himself. Complicating matters, Ellie finds herself falling in love with a young singer/songwriter who is looking for his big break. Lucky Them screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Take High Fidelity, age the main character ten years, make him a woman, add a larger helping of bittersweet ruefulness, and you have director Megan Griffiths' indie Lucky Them, a midlife-crisis dramedy that benefits from a cast who provide nuance and depth to a script that feels less than fully formed. Toni Collette stars as Ellie Klug, a longtime Seattle rock journalist and legend on the local scene who enjoys her respected status a bit too much and has been coasting on past glories for a while. She still goes to tons of shows, but her boss Giles (the always playful Oliver Platt) says he's going to have to let her go unless she writes a big piece about Matthew Smith -- a Kurt Cobain-like onetime grunge god who disappeared, possibly committing suicide, years before at the height of his fame. Ellie resists at first: She and Matthew had been a couple at the time he vanished, and she has little interest in revisiting that painful period of her life. Besides, she's just started a relationship with Lucas (Ryan Eggold), a young singer/songwriter looking for his first big break. However, with her job security on the line, she ends up teaming with Charlie (Thomas Haden Church), a quirky, seemingly independently wealthy wannabe documentarian, who agrees to help her if she'll let him film their search for Matthew. The script for Lucky Them, by Huck Botko and Emily Wachtel, lacks a strong narrative drive. This is a meandering movie that feels like it's spinning its wheels much of the time, and while that aptly matches Ellie's mind-set at the beginning of the story, it makes for less-than-compelling viewing. Thankfully, the writing duo manage to provide a number of sharp lines, and Griffiths has assembled a top-shelf cast to make these characters come to life. Collette proves yet again that she has no interest in falsely earning an audience's sympathy -- Ellie has a handful of selfish moments that let us know that her cynical and cool journalistic façade is hiding the pain she still feels from her time with Matthew. Church's Charlie is wholly artificial and feels like a sitcom character, but the actor's unique comic timing keeps his scenes with Collette lively. Platt and Eggold contribute stellar support, and when we finally see Matthew, it's a surprising and welcome steroid-sized cameo from an actor who hasn't done anything this small-scale in a long time. Collette's portrayal of a woman reconnecting with the world by coming to terms with her past -- and establishing healthy relationships with two new men in her life -- totally carries this movie. The subject matter is the sort that Hollywood seems to have less and less interest in, and while Lucky Them is far from the most insightful or exciting slab of cinema to be released in the summer of 2014, it achieves its modest goals.

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Special Features

Behind the scenes; Featurette; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Toni Collette Ellie Klug
Thomas Haden Church Charlie
Ryan Eggold Lucas Stone
Oliver Platt Giles
Joanne Woodward Doris
Ahna O'Reilly Charlotte
John Totten Drummer
Stefan Hajek Guitarist
Louis Hobson Lawrence
Nina Arianda Dana
SJ Chiro Giles' Wife
Lynn Shelton Lisa
Christian Palmer Crocodile Bartender
Conner Marx Micah
Evan Mosher Joshua
Richard Carmen Farmer
Tony Doupe Jonathan
Emily Wachtel Charity Rocks
Sean Nelson Declan P. McManus
Jake Robards Leonard Paul
Michael Bama Kart Doug
Aliya Hashemi Waitress
Walter Dalton George Smith
Linas Phillips Anglar
Michael DeVito Wedding Bartender
Kevin Seal Justice of the Peace
Gary Gulman Craig
Mary Quick Wendy
Joey Ally Bridesmaid
Aron Michael Thompson Groomsman
Dave Galafassi Club Drummer
Amy Seimetz Sara
Matt Brown Lucas' Band/Lap Steel
Evan Flory-Barnes Lucas' Band/Upright Bass
Garrett Hobba Lucas' Band/Harmony
Johnny Depp Actor

Technical Credits
Megan Griffiths Director
John David Bland Co-producer
Huck Botko Co-producer,Screenwriter
Megan Foley Executive Producer
Adam Gibbs Producer
Linda Henry Executive Producer
Amy Hobby Producer
Tania Kupczak Art Director
Ben Kutchins Cinematographer
Scott Larkin Asst. Director
John Lavin Production Designer
Lacey Leavitt Co-producer
Rebecca Luke Costumes/Costume Designer
Peer Pedersen Executive Producer
Tim Quinn Sound Editor
Amey Rene Casting
Meg Reticker Editor
Joe Rudge Musical Direction/Supervision
Adrienne Stern Casting
Emily Wachtel Producer,Screenwriter
Craig Wedren Score Composer
T.J. Williams Camera Operator
Tucker Wilson Executive Producer
Kelsey Wood Sound Mixer
Joanne Woodward Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lucky Them
1. Opening Credits [8:22]
2. First Real Interview [8:00]
3. Felt Wrong [7:53]
4. Permission To Board [6:54]
5. Lost Communication [9:55]
6. Follow You Around [8:27]
7. Progress Report [6:02]
8. Please Call Me [1:16]
9. Screwing Me Around [8:13]
10. Subscriber Database [7:47]
11. Not Very Happy [9:25]
12. Ending Credits [8:55]


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