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Lucky You (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 4 May 2007 (USA)
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A hotshot poker player tries to win a tournament in Vegas, but is fighting a losing battle with his personal problems.

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Curtis Hanson

Writers:

Eric Roth (screenplay), Curtis Hanson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phyllis Somerville ... Pawnbroker
Eric Bana ... Huck Cheever
Horatio Sanz ... Ready Eddie
Drew Barrymore ... Billie Offer
Joey Kern ... Billie's Admirer
Debra Messing ... Suzanne Offer
Delaine Yates ... Ginger
Mykel Shannon Jenkins ... Gary
Robert Duvall ... L. C. Cheever
Charles Martin Smith ... Roy Durucher
Robert Downey Jr. ... Telephone Jack
Saverio Guerra ... Lester
Danny Hoch ... Bobby Basketball
Kenny Cau Kenny Cau ... Chinese Restaurant Waiter
Kelvin Han Yee ... Chico Banh
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Storyline

In Las Vegas, Huck Cheever is a poker player, brilliant but also prone to let emotion take over. It's the week of the poker world series, and Huck must come up with the $10,000 entry fee, which he wins, loses, borrows, and loses - and even steals part of from Billie Offer, an earnest young woman who's new in town and who catches Huck's eye. By the time the tournament starts, Huck owes everyone. Complicating things is the arrival of Huck's father, whom Huck detests for having left his mother, a champion player in town to win. Can Huck learn to play poker the way he lives and to live the way he plays poker? Or is his only flush the sound of his life going down the toilet? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Change your game. Change your life. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language and sexual humor | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Germany | Australia

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

4 May 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lucky You See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,710,445, 6 May 2007

Gross USA:

$5,758,950

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,382,477
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Huck Cheever walks in to the poker room in the Bellagio you can hear a player say "Raisy daisy". This person is a real-life poker pro, named Sam Farha. He is known to frequently use this phrase when playing poker. In the poker show High Stakes Poker (2006), the players are also discussing this part in the movie. Patrik Antonius, another poker pro, said to Sam "You was the only one they let talk". Sam replied "What about Jennifer? (Harman) She was a happy loser! I have never seen her such a happy loser!" See more »

Goofs

In the main event tournament bust out hand, when the son mucks his winning hand so that the father can win, this is an egregious violation of poker rules. He is effectively chip dumping. It may (depending on the rules in play at the time) have also violated the rule that in a tournament, when any player is all-in, all involved hands must be turned face up (to avoid chip dumping).

However, previously, the son had told the love interest that she was right, that he shouldn't have asked her to cheat, etc, which is exactly what he did in that situation - albeit cheating to lose, it's still cheating. See more »

Quotes

L. C. Cheever: Maybe everybody has a blind spot. Maybe everybody has to learn from their mistakes. I sure learned from mine.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits there is a scene where Ready Eddie and Lester (the man with breast implants) argue over whether Lester actually spent an entire month in the bathroom or not. As the current month has thirty-one days and not just thirty. They soon begin to discuss whether the month of August has either thirty or thirty-one days, which soon leads them to a double-or-nothing wager over the fact. See more »

Connections

Referenced in I Am Legend (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Let It Ride
Written by Ryan Adams, J.P. Bowersock, Cindy Cashdollar
Bradley Pemberton and Catherine Popper
Performed by Ryan Adams
Courtesy of Lost Highway Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Entertaining, And Poker Fans Will Really Love It
22 September 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

As far as playing or watching poker on television, I can take it or leave it, and I enjoyed this movie.... so I can imagine poker fans will really LOVE this film. It gives justice to their "sport" with realistic hands, playing, situations and attitudes.

Often, I thought something hokey was going to happen, something predictable but rarely did that occur in this film. You really never knew what was going to happen and suspense builds for a number of gambling scenes. I hesitate to say more for fear of spoiling anything. Suffice to say, the gambling scenes in here were very realistic. I know what from the behind-the- scenes bonus features in which a number of real-life professional players commented on that fact.

The film follows a father-and-son team (Eric Bana and Robert Duvall playing "Huck" and "L.C. Cheever") with a small romance sub-plot involving Drew Barrymore. It isn't just all about poker, although that's most of it - culminating in the World Series of Poker - but about the mentality of people who make gambling their life.

This film was far better than I figured it would be, and was rewarding in the end without being predictable. It was fairly low-key, too, in the profanity and sex department, but kids would be bored with this film, anyway.

This movie will mainly attract card players, I'm afraid, and that's too bad because it offers a lot more than that. The movie got better as it went along and wound up a good two hours of entertainment.


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