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  • 3.0

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  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Really, all this movie is about is the joy of checks, calls, folds, rivers, and the acquired thrill of knowing what those words mean.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Poker has proven itself a popular spectator sport on television -- at least in the short run -- but as scripted drama, where you can pretty much guess the winner of a given hand, it's dull, dull, dull.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Starts off promisingly, then grows as lifeless as a poker face.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The compelling and interesting aspect of Lucky You is not so much the compulsion that drives the main character but the way in which he interacts with those around him. The movie isn't a downer, but neither does it end with all loose ends nicely tied off. In this case, redemption does not equate with salvation.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    A relaxed-looking expert piece that immerses us in another world. At the end, Hanson has a bonus. He and his producers hired Bob Dylan for the Oscar-winning "Things Have Changed" in "Wonder Boys," and Hanson brings Dylan back here, for a folky, bluesy number called "Huck's Tune."

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Don't bet on Barrymore's lackluster poker rom-com.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this isn't a typical bright and bubbly Drew Barrymore romantic comedy. While there's not much sex or violence, there's plenty of antisocial behavior and compulsive gambling. One character runs a telephone scam, while others live in bathrooms to win bets. The main character steals his girlfriend's money and gambles away someone else's. He also encourages his girlfriend to lie and cheat for him. Goons looking to collect on his debts throw him into an empty pool, where he scrapes up his face. Some swearing and drinking.

  • Families can talk about the media's fascination with poker. Is it fun to watch people gambling? Why? Do you think there's some voyeurism involved? The movie's theatrical release date was delayed several times, making its poker-centric storyline less of the moment and timely -- does that affect how much you do or don't enjoy it? How are release dates determined to begin with? Who decides when the "best" time to put something in theaters is, and how does that affect a movie's success or failure? Families can also discuss gambling addiction. Do you agree with Huck when he says that he's not hurting anyone but himself? What would you do in his situation?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Lots of gambling, stealing, and lying, though Billie insists on being honest. One character runs a 1-900 scam.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Goons threaten Huck and throw him into an empty swimming pool.

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    Sex: Billie hikes up her skirt to ride on a bike. Billie and Huck kiss; later it's implied that they've had sex. They lie in bed together naked, covered by a sheet.

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    Language: Some salty language, including "s--t."

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    Consumerism: Las Vegas is practically a main character. The Bellagio and Luxor casinos get a lot of attention. Canon cameras are also featured.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of people casually drink beer, but none to excess.