starts off with a bunch of cliches and stereotypes of what happens to military people, then after all the obligitory divorce proposition and fights it pulls together with some interesting stuff--that is actually pretty entertaining. i cant say i appreciate the end, it feels like it's trying to send a nationalistic message of duty that just doesnt work with the world's state of affairs today.
Take three actors who have seemingly nothing in common, (Robbins, McAdams & Peña) the combination of whom you're sure would suck, throw them together in random, screwed-up cinematic situations and you'd think you'd have an instant movie disaster, but surprisingly, for some unexplained reason, it works, and works well!
The Lucky Ones is definitely worth the watch. It isn't anything special, but it feels like it is in the moment. After it ends, you might start to think back on the experience and realize its problems, but as you're enjoying it, you're really enjoying it. It takes three people, puts them in a car and gives them a lot of problems to deal with. Formulaic, sure, but it makes a good movie here, in large part because it provides a nice perspective on America, and because of the strong performances.
This is a perfect little movie. A movie that examines the effects of war on three soldiers returning home and their interaction with civilians as they drive across country. The three main actors are incredible together. The film keeps a sweet sense of humor throughout. [* My favorite*Entry 14 Birthday CD Movie Crawl 02.28.2009]
"Sometimes, however, empty, contrived fantasies are just empty, contrived fantasies, as is certainly the case with this embarrassingly phony cross between Grace Is Gone, Home of the Brave and, believe it or not, Twister." - Nick Schager