Lucky Numbers

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"When they put their heads together... it's a no brainer."
  • R
  • 2000
  • 1 hr 45 min
  • 5.1  (10,961)
  • 31

Lucky Numbers is a black comedy movie that was released in 2000. The movie stars John Travolta as a TV weatherman, Russ Richards, who is desperate to make ends meet. Lisa Kudrow plays the role of Crystal, his lover, who works as a lottery girl, broadcasting the winning numbers every day. The cast also includes Tim Roth, Ed O'Neill, Bill Pullman, and Michael Rapaport. Directed by Nora Ephron, the movie was produced by Paramount Pictures.

The plot of Lucky Numbers revolves around the financial struggle of Russ Richards, a weatherman who has lost his stardom and is struggling to keep his head above the water. Russ is a celebrity in his town, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, but he is drowning in debt. He is behind on his alimony payments to his ex-wife, and his snowmobile dealership is not doing too well. He is in desperate need of money, and when he realizes that the lottery jackpot has reached $6.4 million, he hatches a plan to rig the lottery.

Russ enlists the help of his friend and strip club owner, Gig (Tim Roth) to pull off his plan. Gig, who is excited about the idea, brings in his nephew, Dale (Michael Rapaport), who is a dim-witted ex-convict. Together, they manipulate the lottery balls, making sure that the winning numbers are the ones they have bet on. However, things go awry when the number of jackpot winners increases sharply. This leads to a chain of events that spirals out of control as Russ and his team try to cover their tracks.

The movie is a decent attempt at a black comedy. The storyline is full of dark humor and twists, making it an entertaining watch. The characters are well-developed, and the chemistry between them is excellent. John Travolta, in his role as Russ, delivers a performance that is both charming and funny. Lisa Kudrow's portrayal of Crystal is convincing and provides a perfect contrast to Travolta's character.

Tim Roth, who plays the role of Gig, is brilliant as always. He brings a perfect balance of sleaze and humor to the character. Michael Rapaport, as Dale, nails the role of the dim-witted nephew, never failing to provide comic relief whenever he appears on screen. Even the supporting cast, which includes Ed O'Neill and Bill Pullman, deliver exceptional performances.

The cinematography of the movie is impressive. The film's visuals give off a feeling of nostalgia, the movie is set in the late 90s, which draws the audience further into the story. The music and sound design of the movie are also top-notch. Every sound and song fits perfectly with the scene and enhances the overall experience of watching the film.

In conclusion, Lucky Numbers is a well-crafted black comedy that delivers on all fronts. The story is well thought out, and the plot twists keep the audience engaged throughout the movie. The acting and chemistry between the characters make the movie even more enjoyable than it already is. The film's visuals, sound design, and music elevate the experience to another level. If you enjoy dark comedies with a great cast, then Lucky Numbers is the perfect movie for you.

Lucky Numbers is a 2000 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 45 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.1 and a MetaScore of 31.

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    5.1  (10,961)
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