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Lucky Them - Film Review

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Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans - John Lennon
Published March 20th 2015
Follow Ellie's journey as she uncovers her past to move on

In Lucky Them, we follow the journey of Ellie Klug (Toni Collette), a struggling journalist in her 40s who isn't finding much luck in dating nor her career. When most of her contemporaries have settled into stable lives, Ellie still falls into the same pattern of hooking up with musicians she is writing about. Perhaps what's at core of this fixation stems from her failed relationship with famous musician, Matthew Smith (Johnny Depp), who disappeared mysteriously 10 years ago. Some speculated that Matthew committed suicide, however no one really knows the real story, including Ellie.

In order to save her career, she has to write a feature on Matthew, a painful assignment given by her magazine's editor (Oliver Platt). Ellie then embarks on an emotional hunt of exploring her own past with wealthy socialite, Charlie (Thomas Haden Church), who agrees to lend her money in exchange for documenting her journey. Will she find Matthew and finally rid herself of her "ghosts"?

Lucky Them is a well-written comedy with a bittersweet tone. It takes a light-hearted approach to how we mythologise the people we love, but ultimately relationships are not perfect. Emmy and Golden Globe award winner Toni Collette was obviously the star of the film, but Thomas Haden Church's eccentricity and humour added a refreshing touch to the film. It was entertaining to watch the banter between both characters, who complemented each other so well. Both gave terrific performances, but the plot overall was quite monotonous, which is the downfall of this film in my opinion. I wasn't challenged to think, or being kept on the edge of my seat. It makes for a good rainy day indoor movie, but it is definitely not a blockbuster hit.
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