Numb and Number
Lucky Numbers
Review by Ross Anthony

"Lucky Numbers" is one of those botched criminal activity films where one thing goes wrong right after the other; only these culprits are more regular-person-esque and less bad-guy-like (a smiley, but dim weatherman and a bubbly, but cruel lotto girl for starters.)

Unfortunately, this cute chain of mishaps has little to tie together. There's no emotion arc and for a comedy, there's only a handful of good laughs. Still the acting is awesome, Travolta and Kudrow rock; and the somewhat amusing chain is directed well.

The end result ... a film that would make a fine watch on TV if there were nothing else to do, but at the theater ... just can't fill the big screen.

  • Lucky Numbers. Copyright © 2000. Rated R.
  • Starring John Travolta, Lisa Kudrow, Tim Roth, Ed O'Neill, Michael Rapaport, Daryl Mitchell, Michael Moore, Bill Pullman.
  • Directed by Nora Ephron.
  • Written by Adam Resnick.
  • Produced by Andrew Lazar, Sean Daniel, Nora Ephron at Paramount.


Copyright © 2000. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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