Lucky You (film)


Lucky You (film)

Infobox Film
name = Lucky You



caption = Promotional poster for "Lucky You"
director = Curtis Hanson
producer = Denise Di Novi
Carol Fenelon
Brian De Palma
writer = Eric Roth (story & screenplay)
Curtis Hanson (screenplay)
starring = Eric Bana
Drew Barrymore
Robert Duvall
Debra Messing
music = Christopher Young
cinematography = Peter Deming
editing = William Kerr
Craig Kitson
distributor = Warner Bros.
released = May 4, 2007
runtime = 124 minutes
rating =
country = United States
awards =
language = English
budget =
preceded_by =
followed_by =
gross = $5,758,950
amg_id = 321759
imdb_id = 0338216

"Lucky You" is a 2007 drama directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, and Robert Duvall.

Plot

Huck Cheever (Eric Bana) is a young and talented poker player in Las Vegas haunted by his relationship with his estranged father, L.C. Cheever (Robert Duvall), a two-time World Series of Poker Champion. Huck is a regular in Vegas poker rooms and wants to get a seat in the $10,000 main event No Limit Texas Hold'em tournament at the World Series of Poker.

After a good night at the Bellagio poker room, Huck goes to a party and meets aspiring singer Billie Offer (Drew Barrymore), who has just arrived in town. The two seem interested in each other, but Billie's older sister Suzanne (Debra Messing) warns her that Huck is "hustle 10, commitment zero."

Back at the Bellagio, Huck is doing well at the tables before L.C. returns to town from the South of France. Huck greets his father coldly. The two play heads-up.

Loan shark Roy Durucher (Charles Martin Smith) who just observed the hand tells Huck that he plays poker as well as anybody, but he's a "blaster" (not patient enough) and always goes for broke. Roy proposes to finance Huck in the $10,000 main-event with a 60% (Roy) — 40% (Huck) split if they win, but Huck refuses.

After failing to borrow money from his friend Jack (Robert Downey Jr.), Huck goes to Suzanne's place hoping to get a loan. Instead he runs into Billie, who gets a call confirming that she has landed a job singing at a nightclub. Huck proposes a celebration and takes her to play poker at Binion's Horseshoe with the $1,000 in traveler's checks she has brought to Vegas. After introducing the game to her, L.C. arrives and shows Huck his mother's wedding ring that Huck had pawned and that LC he has redeemed. Huck repays the money that he borrowed from Billie with interest. However, he loses his winnings after she leaves. He fails to borrow money from his tenant.

Huck heads to the nightclub and asks Billie out to dinner. Over Chinese food, Huck explains that his father stole from his mother before leaving her. Billie observes that Huck hates his father but still became a poker player. Huck says his father taught him how to play on the kitchen table with "pennies, nickels, and dimes." After dinner, they make love at Huck's place. As Billie sleeps, Huck steals from Billie's purse to play poker at the Bellagio again. Huck and Billie fall out over him stealing money from her.

Huck goes to play in a super satellite for his entry to the main event. He appears to have the seat won, but a misdeal causes him to lose the seat.

At the apartment, Huck apologizes to Billie again and says that he feels that they have a chance at something special. He says that if they end their relationship now, they'll never know.

Despite a reconcilliation, Billie and Huck break up again due to Huck's gambling. When Huck goes to Suzanne's apartment looking for Billie, Suzanne says that Billie has gone home for a couple of days. Huck goes to Bakersfield to Billies house to tell her that he meant what he said when he felt they had a chance at something special.

Huck plays poker against LC and lets his father win, which allows them to reconcile. Huck then goes after Billie and they reconcile as well.

Cast

* Eric Bana as Huck Cheever
* Drew Barrymore as Billie Offer
* Robert Duvall as L.C. Cheever
* Debra Messing as Suzanne
* Robert Downey Jr. as Telephone Jack
* Horatio Sanz as Ready Eddie
* Jean Smart as Michelle Carson
* Michael Shannon as Ray
* Evan Jones as Jason Keyes

Poker players

Many of the poker players that can be seen playing are actual poker pros. [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338216/fullcredits#cast Internet Movie Database (Cast) Retrieved June 1,2007.] ] They are:

* Sam Farha
* Chau Giang
* Barry Greenstein
* Jason Lester
* Ted Forrest
* Minh Ly
* John Murphy
* Jonathan Chavez
* Daniel Negreanu
* Erick Lindgren
* Marsha Waggoner
* Doyle Brunson
* Phil Hellmuth
* Mike Matusow
* Antonio Esfandiari
* Hoyt Corkins
* Johnny Chan
* John JuandaHowever three of the poker pros featured in the film play characters in the movie. They are:

* Jennifer Harman as Shannon Kincaid
* John Hennigan as Ralph Kaczynski
* David Oppenheim as Josh Cohen

World Series of Poker

* Host Jack Binion
* Tournament Director Matt Savage

Music

The soundtrack included numerous George Jones tunes, including Drew Barrymore singing his hit "The Cold Hard Truth" and the original Bob Dylan song "Huck's Tune" which was written specifically for the film.

Release dates

The movie was released on May 4, 2007. The movie was originally to be released on September 8, 2006, and was previously scheduled to debut on March 16, 2007.

Reception

Opening the same weekend as Spider-Man 3, box-office doom was almost inevitable. The film debuted with a tepid $2.7 million in ticket sales; the lowest saturated opening week since 1982. [ [http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/weekends/worstopenings.htm?page=WRSTOPN25&p=.htm WORST WIDE OPENINGS] ] It finished with just over $5.7 million in total revenue. It was a box-office bomb in a summer of blockbusters. Critically it ranked a low 28% at Rotten Tomatoes.

References

External links

*imdb title|id=0338216|title=Lucky You
*rotten-tomatoes|id=lucky_you|title=Lucky You


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