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Huck Cheever (Eric Bana) is a professional poker player with a problem – he plays cards the way he should lead his life, and leads his life the way he should play cards. They call him a "blaster," someone who goes all out at the poker tables, all the time (the "go big or go home" type). But in life and relationships, he plays it safe and steady. He has a lot of anger issues towards his father L.C. Cheever (Robert Duvall) for abandoning his mother, so when he needs $10,000 to enter the new World Series of Poker tournament, he would rather come up with it himself than ask his dad. However, since he's a blaster, he usually loses more money than he wins, so he winds up getting into more trouble than he should have getting into the tournament. L.C. is a world-famous championship poker player and winds up battling his son on a regular basis, trying to teach him how to be a better player and trying to mend their relationship. Enter Billie Offer (Drew Barrymore) who instantly sparks Huck's interest and who ultimately helps him to become a better man and a better poker player.
"Lucky You" is an absolute waste of time and money. Just imagine watching the World Series of Poker on TV, then throw in the semi-interesting life story of one of the players and you have yourself a painfully dull movie. Personally, I enjoy watching poker on TV, but watching "Lucky You" was like a watered-down version of it, muddled with a really boring story that actually put me to sleep. I missed the last 20 minutes of the movie, due to falling asleep. Then again, this movie was 2 hours and 4 minutes long (that's going to be a challenge for ANY moviegoer to try and stay awake). How the heck did this movie get such a long runtime?! Seriously… there's just not much going on and the story isn't very interesting to begin with… so how in the world did that happen? Perhaps if they'd shaved off a good 45 minutes or so and cut it down to the length of a normal movie it'd have been
All in all, I'd give this movie 1 STAR (out of 5). Re-watch value: NONE (unless I really can't sleep…)
"Lucky you" stars Drew Barrymore as Billie Offer, a young singer from Bakersfield with more heart than talent. She meets up with Huck Cheever (Eric Bana), a poker player whose emotions at the table often undermine his exceptional skill, especially when he is heads up with his father, poker legend L.C. Cheever (Robert Duvall). The one aptitude Billie and Huck seem to share is a knack or reading people – the difference is what they do with that gift. While Huck's instincts enable him to take advantage of his opponents at the poker table and expertly avoid both emotional connections and long-term commitments in his personal life, Billie uses her intuition to see the emotional truth of those around her and sympathize with their pain. When these two meet, the real game begins. If Huck is going to win Billie's heart, he must learn to play cards the way he has been living life and live life the he has been playing cards.
So we have a romantic comedy that is trying to draw from the guy crowd by throwing a poker tournament in the mix. The best way to describe this movie is to think of a movie that was "meh" turn it into 2 hours of watching the World Poker Tournament, throw in Barrymore and Bana, and make it a romantic comedy… you have the movie "Lucky You". Overall the movie was OK; the tournament poker playing was kind of cool, the chemistry between Bana and Barrymore was descent, but the movie just couldn't deliver the KAPOW factor to it. It seemed very long, but some of the scenes were very cool and funny (like when he is trying to teach her poker, or the guy living in the bathroom for a month bet). All in all it was an OK flick... easily a rental.
Overall Review: 2.5 (out of 5). Stars Re-Watch Value: Moderate (I may rent it on DVD to watch again.)
Trivia: This movie was initially scheduled for a release date of September 8, 2006. It was then pushed back to March 16, 2007. It was pushed back once more, before finally being released on May 4, 2007. Several posters were already made up for the film that still had its original release date of September 8, 2006 on it.