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Lucky Numbers
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by Jason Whyte

"Hey everybody...Michael Moore is in this movie!"
2 stars

Nora Ephron, the director of light and fluffy lark like "Sleepless and Seattle," and "You've Got Mail," goes dark. Everywhere.

Throughout "Lucky Numbers," an uninspired and unoriginal crime-doesn't-pay comedy, there is darkness everywhere. The characters are moody with no redeemable characteristics. There are surprising supporting roles for actors I am surprised would take the roles (Bill Pullman, Darryl Mitchell, Michael Moore), with characteristics that don't make them very likable. And the whole movie is shot with a dim tone; even the day shots look like they are being passed through a dark filter lens.

This would be alright if the storyline and humour was handled better. As is, it is flat and misleading, with John Travolta in another wasted performance as Russ Richards, a TV Weatherman who wants to rig the State Lottery and split the cash with his mistress Crystal (Lisa Kudrow), whom is the hostess of the very Lottery show. Problems abound as everything falls apart around them, most of them unconvincing. As well, more and more characters and actors who should have a "Guest Starring" credit start showing up, and we the audience are just shocked when Bill Pullman shows up for a small role as an officer, for example.

The main problem of "Lucky Numbers," besides being overlong, is that the movie is just not funny. Sadly, it's another film that doesn't contain many laughs yet there is enough dead space in the editing for laughs to be placed in. She's had many with her previous films "You've Got Mail" and "Sleepless in Seattle", but the characters are smarter in those films.

Some of the moments are somewhat funny, even if it's not clear what Ephron wants to do half the time. she suceeds at wacky news room sequences and lottery scenes very well, but then wants us to laugh at unlikable and unlikely characters and violent scenes, like a scene with Crystal and her cousin (Michael Moore...yeah, Michael Moore) who doesn't have his asthma inhaler. Or when Russ tries to get away on a snowmobile that doesn't work. Hardy har.

"Lucky Numbers" is such a questionable film, one that seemed to have some good ideas at one point but instead chose to make the characters so incredibly stupid, it is a waste of time. Even though, it does have some nice moments, some decent performances (Lisa Kudrow and Ed O'Neill are good) some fun 80's music, and a laugh here or there, but as a story, I've seen it all before, in a much more emotionally shattering drama called "A Simple Plan."

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originally posted: 07/08/04 23:53:55
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User Comments

10/31/08 Shaun Wallner Great Film! 4 stars
2/07/05 Jeff Anderson Much like the Michael Keaton stinker THE SQUEEZE, only much worse! PITIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
7/23/04 Sandy Turynowicz ok 4 stars
1/12/04 jack russell John Travolta should try roles like this more often 5 stars
4/07/03 Shadaan Felfeli Kudrow was at very least worth watching 3 stars
3/19/03 Jack Sommersby Problematic yet admittedly a fairly good time to be had. 3 stars
2/03/03 mo this movie is very good. 4 stars
8/29/02 The Talking Elbow This movie was really funny, laughed all the way through it, dont see why everyone hated it 5 stars
4/01/02 Monday Morning I had no preconceived expectations for this flick and really liked it. Very funny. 4 stars
1/15/02 David A. It's funny, but not really classic. Walter was my favorite character 4 stars
10/14/01 Andrew Carden I Liked This Movie Because Of The Funny Chemistry Between The Two. 4 stars
8/09/01 Mr. Hat I expected SO much better from this movie. 2 stars
3/21/01 Zero Effect? Sorta entertaining - Travolta is likable & wacky, Kudrow's a sexy bitch, & Pullman is ODD 4 stars
12/08/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble I've enjoyed gay monkey porno more than this film 1 stars
11/26/00 HeLD almost as bad as Battlefield Earth.... 1 stars
11/25/00 Stuntman shoulda been called Unlucky Numbers. How dissapointing. 2 stars
11/07/00 RL Hey, its better than Battlefield Earth.....or is it? 2 stars
11/03/00 Dan Lisa Kudrow's the only thing likeable in this unoriginal trash 1 stars
10/30/00 michael great John and prety good movie! 4 stars
10/29/00 poetchuck Don't even see it at the dollar movie--No laughs 1 stars
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  08-Feb-2001 (M)

Directed by
  Nora Ephron

Written by
  Adam Resnick

  John Travolta
  Michael Rapaport
  Ed O'Neill
  Bill Pullman
  Tim Roth
  Lisa Kudrow

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