Lucky Them DVD Review

     Actors: Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church
  • Director: Megan Griffiths
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2014
  • Run Time: 96 minutes

            The initial premise of Lucky Them promises a mystery that needs solving and an exploration into the way that music affects our lives. It delivers on neither of them in spades, instead letting plot and narrative give way to aimless scenes of character interaction. The saving grace of this choice only comes from the casting, with all roles filled to perfection and with the capability of engaging the audience enough to distract them from noticing that the plot is not developing. Insightful this film is not, but it does manage enjoyable for much of the run time.


            The film’s flawed protagonist is veteran rock journalist Ellie Klug (Toni Collette), a woman who is less interested in writing about the musicians as she is sleeping with them. Jumping from the bed of one young rock star to the next, Ellie harbors old wounds and feelings from her first musical discovery and first love. Her former boyfriend Matthew Smith is infamous for vanishing suddenly; with most assuming he had committed suicide by jumping into some falls. When her editor (Oliver Platt) pushes her to do a story on the disappearance of Smith and his influence on the music world, Ellie sets out on a road trip in search of answers.


            Unable to pay for the journey after losing the money during an escapade with a young musician, Ellie teams up with her odd-ball friend and amateur documentary filmmaker, Charlie (Thomas Haden Church). Charlie has plenty of money and uses it to attempt to cover up for how socially awkward he can often be, which makes him an ideal, albeit irritating, road companion for Ellie. Their chemistry is what holds up much of the film’s running time, which is otherwise lacking in adequate plot development.


            The DVD special features include two featurettes, including behind-the-scenes footage, and a trailer.



    Entertainment Value: 7.5/10

    Quality of Filmmaking: 6/10

    Historical Significance:  5.5/10

    Special Features: 5.5/10

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