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Lucky Numbers
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Starring: John Travolta, Lisa Kudrow, Tim Roth, Ed O'Neill
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Paramount Pictures
Kiddie Movie: Nope, they'll be pissed at you for taking them.
Date Movie: Nope, she'll be pissed at you for taking her.
Gratuitous Sex: Lisa Kudrow almost gets naked, and there's insinuation of a stripper shooting ping pong balls out of her..., but mostly talk.
Gratuitous Violence: Nothing gratuitous.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: I laughed once.
Memorable Scene: Russ' reaction, on the newscast, when he finds out the bookie's body has been found.
Memorable Quote: I don't remember it exactly, so maybe not really memorable, but something like "he had a brick tied to his arm which wasn't enough to weigh him down."
Directed By: Nora Ephron
Produced By: Andrew Lazar, Jonathan Krane, Sean Daniel, Nora Ephron

Lucky Numbers
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:48 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
And this yearís winner of the prized "James T. Kirk School of Overacting Award" goes toÖ.. John Travolta for his role as Russ Richards in "Lucky Numbers!" I donít know if he was supposed to act that way, but all I know is that in the end, all "Lucky Numbers" did was make me not want to go to Harrisburg, PA.

Itís every personís dream, well, maybe not every personís, but it would be nice to do Ė rig the lottery. Russ is a weatherman. Heís a little down on his luck because, well, heís broke and is about to have his house and Jaguar taken away. Not knowing where to turn, well, he takes the advice of Gig, the dude who runs the local strip bar where the girls donít get naked (damn!), to have Gig's buddy rob Russ' snowmobile store because, well, with the recent warm spell sales are non-existent. Russ sees a brilliant robbery going down but Gigís buddy is a bonehead and the robbery goes wrong, and now Russ owes the robber, too. So Gig plants the idea of rigging the lottery, Russí floozy girlfriend, Crystal (Lisa Kudrow), is all for it, and as smooth as some things go for the lottery rigging, too many things go wrong and all of a sudden Russ is mixed up in various murders, winning the lottery but since too many people know whatís going on and want their take X really isnít winning anything, and I was just bored.

Lisa Kudrow plays the bubble-headed blonde to a tee, Gig is a pretty good sleazy dude, and Bill Pullman, the bumbling detective, adds nicely to the cast. And, oh yea, Ed, Al Bundy, O'Neill is just a sleazy as the TV station manager deciding that money is better than honesty. The problem was John Travolta, who was so over the top that I just couldnít take it any more. I know the movie was supposed to be like a comic farce and a funny look at greed gone wrong, and part of that is overacting, but it just didnít work for me. Do you want a better movie about fixing the lottery, or one just as stupid? Yes. Well then rent "The Squeeze" with the worldís greatest actor Michael Keaton.  Itís just as goofy but doesn't try to take itself nearly as serious. "Lucky Numbers" just lost it along the way. Itís 2 stars out of 5.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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