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Luck (2003)

Shane Bradley, who is fixated on ideas of luck and destiny, tries to win the girl of his dreams. After their relationship falters, Shane begins to think he might be unlucky and turns to ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Wellington

Writers:

Peter Wellington, Semi Chellas (story editor)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Kirby ... Shane Bradley
Sarah Polley ... Margaret
Noam Jenkins ... Robbie
Jed Rees ... Andrew
Sergio Di Zio ... Vittorio
Guy Sanvido Guy Sanvido ... Mutuel Employee
Scott Pomer Scott Pomer ... Casino Manager
Brad Wietersen Brad Wietersen ... Gambler's Anonymous Moderator
Peter MacNeill ... Dad
Paulette Sinclair Paulette Sinclair ... Mrs. Stanton
Fiona Reid ... Mom
Randy Hughson Randy Hughson ... Bill
Madeline Madeline ... Cat
Jefferson Mappin ... Bad Guy #1 (as Jefferson Mappins)
Billy Otis ... Guy in Tavern
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Storyline

Shane Bradley, who is fixated on ideas of luck and destiny, tries to win the girl of his dreams. After their relationship falters, Shane begins to think he might be unlucky and turns to gambling as an outlet for his obsession. Written by Guy Lazarus

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Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Luck See more »

Filming Locations:

Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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Budget:

CAD2,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

The Film Farm See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Could be better, but could be MUCH worse
25 March 2005 | by kergillianSee all my reviews

I did enjoy it overall. One inherent problem with the film, however, is that it's pacing is pretty bad. It lasted only about 1h45 but felt like it was an hour longer. This is mainly because about 2/3rds of the way into the film, rather than resolve the film or at least end it on a strong note, Wellingston insists on pushing it further and further into the realm of ridiculousness.

Sarah Polley is the stand-out here. The cast, overall, works quite well, and Shane's roommates are especially amusing, but Polley is the one to watch. There is a scene in her flat with Polley and Kirby on the couch, he's staring at her, and she goes through a barrage of facial expressions, body language, and nearly no dialogue. She is able to say so much while barely saying anything. This is the kind of brilliant acting I expect from Polley - someone who is a strong character actress, who can assume roles right down to the little quirks and twitches. The way her eyes look, her expressions - you can see the difference in her character type when watching Go vs Guinevere vs Sweet Hereafter vs Luck. Each character has their own distinct personality. This is VERY difficult to portray in film, to be able to be a completely different person each time you step in front of the camera.

Overall, Luck is a decent film. I'm happy I saw it but I wouldn't go out of my way to see it again. I'd give it a 6.5 out of 10, with a 9/10 for Sarah Polley.


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