Lucky You

Lucky You

Director: Curtis Hanson, Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall

Cast: Curtis Hanson, Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall

     
 
A professional poker player whose astounding luck at the table fails to translate into his lonesome love life attempts to win the World Series of Poker while simultaneously earning the affections of a beautiful Las Vegas singer in a high-stakes emotional drama from L.A. Confidential director Curtis

Overview

A professional poker player whose astounding luck at the table fails to translate into his lonesome love life attempts to win the World Series of Poker while simultaneously earning the affections of a beautiful Las Vegas singer in a high-stakes emotional drama from L.A. Confidential director Curtis Hanson and Munich screenwriter Eric Roth. When his personal problems threaten to distract him from what could be his biggest win ever, seasoned poker pro Huck Cheever (Eric Bana) finds comfort in the company of singer Billie Offer (Drew Barrymore). Upon preparing for the biggest card game in the country, however, Huck soon realizes that his problems have only just begun when he finds that his opponent at the table will be none other than his estranged father, L.C. (Robert Duvall), a poker legend whose mythical reputation makes him a more than worthy opponent for his troubled son.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Curtis Hanson's Lucky You was positioned to capitalize on America's new love affair with poker, but it does so in an unusual way: It's not much different, pace-wise, from actually watching two hours of poker on ESPN. Which is pretty dull, if you aren't into poker. Hanson's script (which he co-wrote with Eric Roth) is to be commended for not going the predictable route for poker movies, where a royal flush beats four aces in every hand. (See: Casino Royale). But there's got to be a balance between extremes, because the mundane feels too mundane in this little but over-long film. Part of the film's boredom factor is traceable to the characters. Eric Bana is a charismatic actor who makes any role watchable, but his Huck Cheever is pretty hard to root for. That's not only because his methods are shady, but because he doesn't want anything other than to be a poker champion, a problematic limitation in a film like this. It's even less apparent what Huck's love interest, Billie Drew Barrymore, wants. She's basically just a cheery Pollyanna, saddled with the unfortunate responsibility of delivering the most awkward nuggets of Hanson and Roth's dialogue, much of which features poker as a stagy metaphor for life. Bana and Barrymore have no chemistry, so when they're butting heads over their drastically different life philosophies, they'd be better off just going their separate ways. Then there's Robert Duvall playing Huck's poker whiz father/general-purpose SOB, whose tough love is a lot closer to gleeful sadism. Duvall doesn't look a bit like Bana, and their relationship feels inauthentic. The film's most surprising problem is the clunky direction from the usually reliable Hanson. It's not clear who's supposed to be lucky in Lucky You, but it surely isn't the audience.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
UPC:
0012569701410
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
40,312

Special Features

Additional scenes; The Players at the Table: Behind the scenes with poker players from the movie (including celebrities Doyle Brunson, Sam Farha, Jennifer Harman and Daniel Negreanu); The Reel Deal - The Time and Place of Lucky You

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eric Bana Huck Cheever
Drew Barrymore Billie Offer
Robert Duvall L.C. Cheever
Debra Messing Suzanne Offer
Horatio Sanz Ready Eddie
Jean Smart Carson, Michelle
Phyllis Somerville Pawnbroker
Joey Kern Billie's Admirer
Delaine Yates Ginger
Mykel Shannon Gary
Charles Martin Smith Roy Durucher
Robert Downey Telephone Jack
Saverio Guerra Lester
Danny Hoch Bobby Basketball
Kenny Cau Chinese Restaurant Waiter
Kelvin Han Yee Chico Banh
Jack Younger Room Service Waiter
Tracy Howe Roy's Guy
Sonny Suroweic Roy's Guy
Madeleine Peyroux Lounge Singer
Hans Howes Big Buckle Iverson
Bradford English Tommy the Poker Host
Omar Benson Miller Card Grabber
Ed Refuerzo Filipino Player
Elisabeth Granli Cocktail Waitress at First Table
Spencer Conner Cowboy
Yetta Gottesman Poker Room Cashier
Sam Farha Sam Farha
Chau Giang Chau Gian
Barry Greenstein Barry Greenstein
Jason Lester Jason Lester,Conductor
Ted Forrest Ted Forrest
Minh Ly Minh Ly
John Murphy John Murphy
Erick Lindgren Erick Lindgren
Daniel Negreanu Daniel Negreanu
Alexandr Kuznetzov Russian Player
Dara Khy Dealer
Pat M. Maresca Dealer
Joe Witherell Dealer
Sheila Hanson Dealer
Darunee Doa Hale Dealer
Lisa Glossop Dealer
Daniel Sanchez Dealer
Sam O'Connor Old Man
Pat Callihan Man in Cowboy Hat
Tina Schafer Woman With Straight
Crystal Simanek Cocktail Waitress
Robby Bostick Poker Room Host
Olivia Tracey Isabel
Gay Burch Dealer
James Williams Dealer
Bill McKinney Satellite Cashier
Jennifer Harmon Shannon Kincaid
Michael Shannon Ray Zumbro
Mark Tymchyshyn Tournament Official
Norris Watsky Elderly Dealer
Shawn Parr TV Commentator
Matt Savage Tournament Director
Francine Beers Elderly Female Player
Laasa Howard Young Female Player
Richard Assad Karim Kasai
Evan Jones Jason Keyes
John Hennigan Ralph Kaczynski
David Oppenheim Josh Cohen
Bill May Frank Belando
Ling Jo Eusebio David Chen
Jack Binion Jack Binion
Doyle Brunson Doyle Brunson
Johnny Chan Johnny Chan
Hoyt Corkins Hoyt Corkins
Antonio Esfandiari Antonio Esfandiari
Chris Ferguson Chris Ferguson
Dan Harrington Dan Harrington
Phil Hellmuth Phil Hellmuth
Karina Jett Karina Jett
John Juanda John Juanda
Mike Matusow Mike Matusow
Erik Seidel Erik Seidel
Mimi Tran Mimi Tran
Marsha Waggoner Marsha Waggoner
Robert Williamson Robert Williamson III
Cyndy Violette Cyndy Violette
Eddie Hill Washroom Attendant
Charlene Sperske Dealer
Kyle D. Morris Dealer
Bruce Babcock Conductor

Technical Credits
Curtis Hanson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Myron Baker Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Doyle Brunson Consultant/advisor
K.C. Colwell Asst. Director
Sue Crosby Costumes/Costume Designer
Lorraine Crossman Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Deming Cinematographer
Denise Di Novi Producer
Mitchell Dubin Camera Operator
Carol Fenelon Musical Direction/Supervision,Producer
Mali Finn Casting
Robin Fredriksz Makeup
Beat Frutiger Art Director
Adrienne Greshock Costumes/Costume Designer
Clay Griffith Production Designer
Lee Anne Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Camille Henderson Makeup
Petur Hliddal Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Kaplan Costumes/Costume Designer
William Kerr Editor
Craig Kitson Editor
Marty Layton Camera Operator
Barbara Mensey Set Decoration/Design
Paul Sanchez Camera Operator
Frankie Pine Consultant/advisor
Eric Roth Original Story,Screenwriter
Theodore H. Sharps Set Decoration/Design
Cheryl Voss Makeup
Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda Co-producer
Christopher Young Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lucky You
1. Pawnshop Parlay [4:56]
2. Credits [1:45]
3. The Player [4:24]
4. Hustle 10, Commitment 0 [3:23]
5. Imprudent Wagers [6:45]
6. Dial 1-900 [3:51]
7. Good Fold [4:49]
8. It's Called a Tell [4:46]
9. Vroom for Billie [2:57]
10. Trying Not to Be Lonely [4:56]
11. Play Your Gut [3:21]
12. Missed Money [1:23]
13. Burn Card [5:31]
14. Another Chance [3:50]
15. Blind Spot [5:29]
16. Fathers Will Be Fathers [5:15]
17. $10,000 Bet [4:31]
18. Hard Answers [3:05]
19. Out on a Limb [1:17]
20. I Meant It [1:38]
21. Sending Him Home [4:33]
22. Patient Blaster [5:00]
23. Final Table [3:19]
24. Early Action [2:23]
25. Club Flushes [3:09]
26. What Goes Around [3:44]
27. Smooth Play [2:44]
28. Here We Are [4:29]
29. Winning Hands [3:25]
30. Let's Play [3:39]
31. Easy to Read [1:51]
32. End Credits [2:28]
33. Double or Nothing [3:59]

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