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Lucky Them


More interested in partying and flirting with young musicians than work, veteran rock journalist Ellie Klug has one last chance to prove her value to her magazine’s editor: a no-stone-unturned search to discover what really happened to long lost rock god, Matt Smith, who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend. Teaming up with an eccentric amateur documentary filmmaker, Ellie hits the road in search of answers.

Actors: Toni Collette , Thomas Haden Church , Oliver Platt , Ryan Eggold , Nina Arianda , Ahna O'Reilly , Johnny Depp , Joanne Woodward , Amy Seimetz , Lynn Shelton
Directors: Megan Griffiths
Country: USA
Release: 2014-04-21
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  • Mike D'Angelo

    Director Megan Griffiths, best known for the grim human-trafficking drama "Eden," proves surprisingly adept at this lighter material, maintaining a slightly loopy tone that serves to make the occasional dramatic moments all the more piercing.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Lucky Them isn't a great film, all told, but thanks to the good-natured performances and the general vibe, it's an immensely enjoyable one.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    A clever, fun, and affecting romantic dramedy about love and rock-and-roll.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Eventually the chemistry between Collette and Church wins out, and Lucky Them makes for a diverting, if forgettable, romantic comedy.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    Toni Collette radiates smarts, humor and a world-weary cool in Lucky Them. Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Haden Church gives the movie the joyous kick it needs. His flirty thrust-and-parry with Collette is beautifully played.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Clearly a labor of love for all involved. Listen carefully on the soundtrack and you’ll hear the voice of Joanne Woodward as Ellie’s mom. Woodward is one of the executive producers of this lovely little film, which is dedicated to her late husband, Paul Newman.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Martin Tsai

    Director Megan Griffiths and writers Huck Botko and Emily Wachtel flesh out a female perspective that's refreshing and engrossing without demonizing or objectifying men.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Chris Klimek

    It’s clearly more interested in dissecting these characters than in solving the mystery of Matthew’s disappearance. That’s the advantage of casting actors like Collette and Church, who can lure viewers into a confident familiarity, then reveal something deeper.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Chris Packham

    Strangely Bechdel Test-failing and as far removed from real life as Middle Earth, Lucky Them nonetheless hits familiar beats in welcome and unexpected ways, and does it by the book.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Rooney

    While the set-up of Megan Griffiths’ mellow comedy-drama is a little labored, the performances are so engaging and the characters so pleasurable to be around that it’s easy to forget the script’s flaws.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    The film’s truest and most meaningful chemistry is generated by Ellie and Charlie, two individuals who are so fun to hang out with that they justify even the film’s flimsiest narrative setups.

    Variety Full Review
  • Leah Greenblatt

    The movie is disappointingly flat-footed about both rock and journalism, and its shaggy plot sheds logic as it goes. Still, the actors are excellent; they’re triple crème slathered on an odd little undercooked biscuit of a script.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Collette always delivers fair value. Her Ellie is hard-drinking, high-mileage, slimmed down and flirting with Cougar-hood, a woman living in the trap of her world, her work and the love she lost.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    The result is a film that feels breezy at times, but also grounded in a sense of emotional honesty.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    While Lucky Them may not be a classic, the actors at least find a cool groove.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    What follows is no “Citizen Kane,” or even “Velvet Goldmine” (1998), Todd Haynes’s arty tale of a reporter trying to track down a missing glam rock star, in which Collette also starred, playing the missing man’s alcoholic wife.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rachel Saltz

    While Ms. Collette grounds Ellie and her emotions in a tough-minded plausibility, she can only hint at what the script fails to deliver: the complexities of a flawed woman’s midlife crisis.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Abhimanyu Das

    It labors under the illusion that an abundance of Sub Pop memorabilia is adequate substitute for the honest evocation of a creative subculture and the personalities of which it's composed.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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