`Lucky You' is as solid as a house of cards

Curtis Hanson movie never gets past poker and into the people

Review C

May 04, 2007|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

Lucky You is good at introductions, but doesn't develop far enough beyond some spunky openers and cute come-ons. What's befuddling is that its smart and sensitive director, Curtis Hanson, the mastermind behind L.A. Confidential and Wonder Boys, is usually terrific on the follow-through. In Lucky You, Hanson swiftly fills us in on the Las Vegas scene but rarely connects us to the characters.

Hanson shrewdly introduces us to Eric Bana's super-hustler Huck Cheever, a Vegas card shark having a bad run right before the 2003 World Series of Poker, as Huck manages to hock a digital camera to a pawnbroker (Phyllis Somerville) who already has three of the same model.

Lucky You (Warner Bros.) Starring Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall. Directed by Curtis Hanson. Rated PG-13. Time 123 minutes.

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