THE LUCKY ONES
Not So Lucky
Release Date: September 26, 2008
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 104 minutes
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Director: Neil Burger
Writer: Neil Burger and Dirk Wittenborn
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Cheever has just finished his two-year tour and longs to return to his wife and son. TK is a braggart who has a 30-month leave to visit his fiancée. Colee is a naïve young woman who hopes to connect with the family of her fellow Army officer who was killed in battle. However, their journey across the country turns out to be different than what they expected.
Cheever’s wife wants a divorce and his son needs money for college. TK has been rendered impotent from a battle wound and hopes to visit “experts” in Las Vegas before seeing his fiancée. Colee realizes that the things her deceased boyfriend told her were all lies.
THE LUCKY ONES moves rather slowly and a bit episodic as, on cue, the story shifts from one character’s story to the next. The performances are well done, especially Rachel McAdams as Colee. Her quirky character, who is both worldly and naïve, is the bright spot in the movie.
The movie has some positive elements. Colee insists that they attend a church service where the pastor comes by and prays for each of them. Though not mentioned, the prayers are answered, but in unusual ways. The church people are portrayed as being very friendly and the pastor is positive, though looking like a televangelist cliché. Colee has a sense of God, saying that if Cheever kills himself, he’ll go into the Lake of Fire.
There are patriotic elements in that many of the people whom they meet thank them for their service in Iraq. However, given the tone of the movie, it’s never clear if that was supposed to be sarcastic or genuine. Most people they meet are against the war, and even they themselves wish they did not have to return when their leave is over.
There is plenty of foul language , drinking and one brief shot of depicted sex. The movie is not overly engaging. Thus, given its negative elements, viewers should exercise extreme caution.
THE LUCKY ONES moves rather slowly and a bit episodic as the story shifts on cue from one character’s story to the next. The performances, however, are all solid. The movie has some light positive patriotic and Christian elements in the form of a church service but also has plenty of foul language and drinking, as well as discussion and depiction of sex.