Reviews - Specialty Releases


Film Review: Lucky

Can a serial killer and a gold-digger find happiness as lottery winners? That’s the thin premise of this comedy misfire.

July 14, 2011

-By Harry Haun


filmjournal/photos/stylus/1258818-Lucky_Md.jpg

For movie details, please click here.

Colin Hanks—purportedly the love child of Tom Hanks and Rowan Atkinson—is quite helpful at putting up a clean-cut, charming, inordinately amusing argument to his miscast plight here in this rumored comedy bearing the misnomer of Lucky.

Director Gil Cates, Jr., who co-produced and co-authored this dubious enterprise and comes from good stock as well, has hired Hanks to play the least likely lady-killer in memory, stalking malls in small-town Iowa where even serial-killing doesn’t shake the denizens out of their lethargy. He’s partial to blondes of a certain height and weight—carbon-copies, really, of his childhood true-love (Ari Graynor)—and he piles up a stack of three luckless damsels before Dame Fortune finally fires back.

His needy, nagging mom (Ann-Margret, has it come to this?) finds a winning lottery ticket in his room and alerts the media where to point their cameras—only the ticket belonged to his last victim, so it’s just a matter of time before the slo-mo sleuth (Jeffrey Tambor) connects the killer with his lucky corpse. Still, that’s enough time for Graynor, who has been seducing her way up the corporate ladder, to perk up some interest in Hanks, seeing him as a short-cut to the mega-bucks.

What follows, darkly, is a cautionary tale for even the most dedicated of gold-diggers. Until she can safely maneuver his $36 million into her lap, greedy Graynor finds herself having to bite her lip and hold her tongue after she happens to come across one of her new groom’s extracurricular cadavers during their Hawaiian honeymoon.

Sincerely surprising is the nice little table-turning fillip to all this contorted, not particularly convincing macabre mirth. And it must be said the cast does what it can to finesse some fun into the proceedings. John Swihart’s light-fingered musical score likewise encourages a mood of merriment, however forced and fleeting that may be.

Lucky ran out of luck on the drawing boards when director Cates and his scripter, Kent Sublette, came up with a premise where plot and tone forever fight each other.



Film Review: Lucky

Can a serial killer and a gold-digger find happiness as lottery winners? That’s the thin premise of this comedy misfire.

July 14, 2011

-By Harry Haun


filmjournal/photos/stylus/1258818-Lucky_Md.jpg

For movie details, please click here.

Colin Hanks—purportedly the love child of Tom Hanks and Rowan Atkinson—is quite helpful at putting up a clean-cut, charming, inordinately amusing argument to his miscast plight here in this rumored comedy bearing the misnomer of Lucky.

Director Gil Cates, Jr., who co-produced and co-authored this dubious enterprise and comes from good stock as well, has hired Hanks to play the least likely lady-killer in memory, stalking malls in small-town Iowa where even serial-killing doesn’t shake the denizens out of their lethargy. He’s partial to blondes of a certain height and weight—carbon-copies, really, of his childhood true-love (Ari Graynor)—and he piles up a stack of three luckless damsels before Dame Fortune finally fires back.

His needy, nagging mom (Ann-Margret, has it come to this?) finds a winning lottery ticket in his room and alerts the media where to point their cameras—only the ticket belonged to his last victim, so it’s just a matter of time before the slo-mo sleuth (Jeffrey Tambor) connects the killer with his lucky corpse. Still, that’s enough time for Graynor, who has been seducing her way up the corporate ladder, to perk up some interest in Hanks, seeing him as a short-cut to the mega-bucks.

What follows, darkly, is a cautionary tale for even the most dedicated of gold-diggers. Until she can safely maneuver his $36 million into her lap, greedy Graynor finds herself having to bite her lip and hold her tongue after she happens to come across one of her new groom’s extracurricular cadavers during their Hawaiian honeymoon.

Sincerely surprising is the nice little table-turning fillip to all this contorted, not particularly convincing macabre mirth. And it must be said the cast does what it can to finesse some fun into the proceedings. John Swihart’s light-fingered musical score likewise encourages a mood of merriment, however forced and fleeting that may be.

Lucky ran out of luck on the drawing boards when director Cates and his scripter, Kent Sublette, came up with a premise where plot and tone forever fight each other.
Post a Comment
Asterisk (*) is a required field.
* Author: 
Rate This Article: (1=Bad, 5=Perfect)

*Comment:
 

More Specialty Releases

Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
Film Review: The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

Venture inside the hallowed hallways of Japan's most prestigious animation studio in this insightful documentary. More »

Antarctica: A  Year On Ice
Film Review: Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Thrilling, award-winning New Zealand doc about the mysterious and forbidding continent at the bottom of the world is not your usual travelogue, but a surprising exploration of the human soul and human needs. Happily, adorable penguins and stunning visuals also get screen time. More »

Remote Area Medical
Film Review: Remote Area Medical

Doc offers in-the-trenches evidence of dire need in the U.S. health-care system. More »

Immortalists
Film Review: The Immortalists

Attention-grabbing subject meets colorful characters in this science doc. More »

ADVERTISEMENT



REVIEWS

Penguins of Madagascar
Film Review: Penguins of Madagascar

Frenetic vehicle for supporting players from the Madagascar films will entertain kids but prove a little wearying for their parents. More »

imitation game
Film Review: The Imitation Game

Terrific biopic about world-class mathematician and social misfit Alan Turing, who, in spite of a painful struggle with his homosexuality, helped the Allies break the code of the Nazis' Enigma machine. More »

Player for the Film Journal International website.


ADVERTISEMENT



INDUSTRY GUIDES

» Blue Sheets
FJI's guide to upcoming movie releases, including films in production and development. Check back weekly for the latest additions.

» Distribution Guide
» Equipment Guide
» Exhibition Guide

ORDER A PRINT SUBSCRIPTION

Film Journal International

Subscribe to the monthly print edition of Film Journal International and get the full visual impact of this valuable resource for the cinema business.

» Click Here

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Learn how to promote your company at the Film Expo Group events: ShowEast, CineEurope, and CineAsia.

» Click Here