|Reviewed on 2007-05-07|
|Received|| out of 4 stars|
|Genre||Comedy / Drama|
| Lucky You is anything but lucky in my opinion. A Vegas centered film starring Drew Barrymore and Eric Bana, featuring gambling, a father son strained relationship and a failed attempt at romance. Eric Bana is Huck Cheever, a compulsive gambler who throws away every penny, even after turning $150 into $10,000. Huckís relationship is complicated with his gambling dad L.C. Cheever (Robert Duvall). The father-son duo battle throughout over everything. It is a constant debate between the two. Huck is desperate to get a place in the Vegas poker tournament with the $4 million dollar prize. Only problem is that he is flat broke, and has sold everything in his home. Determined not to go to his father for the money he does whatever it takes to get the money to enter the tournament.
Drew Barrymore is Billie Offer, a Bakersville native in town to visit her sister Suzanne Offer (Debra Messing). Billie meets Huck and they have an instant attraction. Suzanne warns Billie to stay away from this bad boy, and Billie should have listened. Billie is a singer who gets a gig at a local pub and when she performs Huck is there watching. Later that evening the two give into temptation and spend the night together. The next morning she awakes to find Huck has stolen her money and taken off without a word. After confronting him she does give him a second chance; and is trying to support him in his dream of entering into the tournament, but knows it is not just the tournament he wants; he is after his fatherís respect.
Poker, poker and more poker. This is what this movie is all about. I can play poker, a few hands and I understand it, but anyone in who wants to produce a film about it and go back & forth from the cards, to the player and back to the cards is asking for a downer. Poker is not exciting to watch and this movie was exactly that. This film lacked many things. The storyline was dull and there was no chemistry between Drew & Eric. It was very awkward watching there two romantically. The scripts written for the actors were very underrated and caused for an audience disinterest. This is not a chick flick as the trailer may lead you to believe. This is strictly a father-son movie period, and not a good one.
Review By: Jolene Mendez