Lucky Them Film Review

Film Review by Jon E Clist
Lucky Them

The Premise
Lucky Them tells the story of Ellie Klug (Toni Collette), a rock journalist who is given the painful assignment of exploring her own past by her magazine's editor (Oliver Platt).  It’s like a 12-step program - except she never volunteered.  This film is a semi-autobiographical tale about a writer who is still dating musicians and finding her way at a time when most of her contemporaries have settled into stable lives, Lucky Them ultimately reveals how we mythologize the people we love and fall into patterns formed from the wreckage of our relationships. Joined by eccentric would-be documentarian Charlie (Thomas Haden Church), Ellie sets out on an emotional treasure hunt in order to finally rid herself of her "ghosts" and get on with life.

The Review
Thomas Haden Church has come a long way from his early days playing the slightly weird character on the sitcom Wings. Sure he is still playing the weird characters and yet he is certainly more enjoyable to watch. In this film he plays very much a secondary character and yet he brings the laughs, and at some moments this film would have stalled without them.

However this is a film that centers around a music critic and the pressure put on her by her editor to find the one that got away. This is not only the search for the musician who showed immense potential and then seemingly committed suicide but also a lost love. So the researching of this story brings to the surface a stack of emotions and memories that Collette’s Ellie has to face front on. As the story is played out, you certainly get the feeling that in many ways she has not emotionally moved forward since this loss was thrust upon her. Toni Collette does a wonderful job of bringing this character to life in a completely believable manner. She of course is no stranger to interesting and emotionally challenging roles after playing a mother/wife suffering with multiple personalities in HBO’s The United States of Tara.

Now I do want to say that as with many indie films I try to read as little about them before I see them and this worked out wonderfully for me in this film as there were no expectations and the film well and truly over-delivered. There is also a wonderful point when an actor that I wasn’t expecting to see turns up. Try to avoid reading too much about this film before you see it and it will serve you well.

The Verdict
You know for a little music based indie film, Lucky Them has a lot to offer and was an enjoyable little journey. Great cast with a fun and challenging story.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 24th April 2015
Rating: TBC
Duration: 97 minutes 
Genre:  Drama Comedy
Starring: Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, Oliver Platt, Ryan Eggold, Nina Arianda, Ahna O'Reilly, Joanne Woodward
Director: Megan Griffiths (Eden, The Off Hours)

The Extras

The executive producer of this film was Joanne Woodward. There is a dedication at the end of the film that reads: "This film is dedicated to Paul Newman; an inspiration, mentor, cheering squad, and darn good reason a gal could still have trouble finding a gent to fill his boots."