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Lucky

Still of Colin Hanks in LuckyStill of Colin Hanks and Ari Graynor in Lucky

Plot

A wannabe serial killer wins the lottery and pursues his lifelong crush.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 5.1/10 (1,067 voted)

Critic's Score: 41/100

Director:
Gil Cates Jr.

Stars: Colin Hanks, Ari Graynor, Jeffrey Tambor

Storyline
A wannabe serial killer wins the lottery and pursues his lifelong crush.

Writers: Kent Sublette, Kent Sublette

Cast:

Colin Hanks

Ben Keller


Ari Graynor

Lucy St. Martin


Mimi Rogers

Ms. Brand


Jeffrey Tambor

Detective Harold Waylon


Ann-Margret

Pauline Keller


Adam Harrington

Steve Mason

(as Adam John Harrington)


Heather Marie Marsden

Allison


Tom Amandes

Jonathan


Allison Mackie

Grace


Dana Daurey

Wendy


Michael Arata

Man with Piña Colada


Meghan Strange

Woman Eating Celery Sticks


Jason Harris

Radio DJ


Samantha Gutstadt

Dark Haired Woman


Bryan McClure

Sandwich Guy

Taglines:
Even a serial killer can win the lottery



Details

Official Website:
Official site |

Release Date: 15 July 2011

Filming Locations: Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA



User Review

Love it or hate it, this film is amoral

Rating:


Very rarely do I have any desire to post a review. I've seen it, I know
what I think, and usually someone else has said everything that needs
to be said. Not so with "Lucky."

This film shocked me with its amorality. And I liked it.

Before I watched this, I thought, perhaps, that it would be akin to
"Dexter" – a serial killer that the viewer is asked to empathize with,
maybe forgive, and perhaps even root for. I mean, what else could I
expect from what the synopsis seems to suggest is a serial killer
rom-com. I was wrong. No one in this film is asking for forgiveness. No
one in this film seems to even imagine that a universal or objective
morality exists which would pass judgement.

This is one of the only, if not the only, film I have seen that
exemplifies rationally self- interested actors carrying on their
affairs as though no religious or societal morality existed or, at the
least, was valid. Even in the films based on Ayn Rand's fiction (a
person who championed "the virtue of selfishness" and fought against
religion and collectivism/humanism), there was always a wink or a nod
when some character violated the Judeo-Christian-humanist morality. The
same can be said of most of the horror and "shock" films – the shock
and horror are usually caused by reactions to the violation of societal
norms. Here, there is nothing.

One previous reviewer implied the film was boring. I wouldn't go so
far, though I would accept "anti-climatic." Indeed, amorality is
certainly that. If one starts from a place where killing and kissing
are of equal objective moral value – none whatsoever – then it stands
to reason that neither occurrence has any higher meaning.

In "Lucky", the lack of regard for morality, as understood by the
majority of the populace, is not obvious. It isn't a clear part of the
plot. It isn't relied upon to engender fear or revulsion. I almost
didn't notice it until near the end of the film. It is as if the film
was made entirely by people unaware that such a concept as "objective
morality" even existed. Of course it wasn't. If for no other reason
than that, "Lucky" deserves praise.