3 1/2 stars
NO matter what your back ground, if life hasn’t thrown you roses the whole time, and everyone else’s lives seem so shiny in comparison, you may find yourself a little down on your luck and stuck reliving the same mistakes over and over again.
Lucky Them is just another story of someone’s journey of self-discovery, digging up the past to see how they got to this disenchanting place in the world, to ultimately find a way to true happiness.
Lucky Them walks in the shoes of ageing music critic Ellie Klug (Toni Collette), a bit of a wilted flower that used to date famous rock star Matthew Smith, who mysteriously disappeared from her life and the music world in general way back in the day.
After Matthew left, and after years of living in the rock world’s under belly writing for Stax Magazine, Ellie struggled with relationships, always choosing the bad-boy muso-type of man and she eventually finds herself in a dead end job with an extensive CD collection and a preference for hard liquor.
Her long suffering boss (Oliver Platt) offers an ultimatum: use Ellie’s history with the missing singer to write an article after fuzzy video emerges of possible recent footage of the absent star.
Reluctantly Ellie opts to dig deeper into the story.
Seemingly out of nowhere comes this Charlie character, a billionaire ex of no merit who happens to be floating around the same bar as Ellie one night.
He is confident in a callous kind of way, quick to offend by simply opening his mouth but someone who grows on you, as he seems to grow in character.
Charlie also considers himself a bit of a film maker (he just started some college documentary course) and offers to do a documentary of Ellie’s quest to find a possibly dead musician ex-boyfriend, and the two get to travel around in a custom built mobile home for the journey.
Along the way both Ellie and Charlie get a little ego buffing and bit of a polishing off as they unravel their stories and reveal some personal truths as they meander about.
There is also a wonderful surprise to discover in a brilliantly cast cameo that I just can’t spoil and reveal to a potential audience.
Lucky Them is a great movie in that it looks at how we live our lives.
We all probably need to stop every once in a while and audit our lives; to take stock and realise what got us to this place, so we can evaluate what really matters and what is important to us in the end.
Lucky Them is not ground breaking or mind altering, but it is certainly a heart-warming bit of entertainment that has quirky characters that can pull the odd heart string just enough to walk away with a satisfied smile and a sense of hopefulness.