“Lucky Numbers” Movie Review


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Lucky Numbers – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 76

“Ironic — just another word for saying you’re getting screwed.”

Is it Travolt-ember already? Our annual tribute to Travolta kicks off with a review of Nora Ephron’s catastrophically unfunny Lucky Numbers. This shambling crime-comedy stars Travolta as Russ Richards, a Harrisburg weatherman who schemes to rig the lottery. Ephron gives coastal elitism a bad name by displaying utter contempt for small-town Americans while also cashing in with copious product placement. Many gifted comedic actors flail their way miserably through this trite, tone-deaf sitcom nonsense.

Elsewhere, Daniel and Corky discuss regional game show hosts, plays about Evil Knievel, and strip club kitchens.


The Shape of Water (Ben Rice)


U.S. theatrical release date: October 27, 2000

Global box office: $10.9 million (production budget: $63 million)

Critic scores: 22 on Rotten Tomatoes; 31 on Metacritic

Daniel’s craft beer: Temescal Brewing’s Wet Hop Weekend (6.5% ABV)

Corky’s craft beer: Firestone Walker’s Flyjack 96 (4% ABV)

IMDB synopsis: “A television weatherman scams a local lottery.”

This week’s referenced movies: Grease; Elvira, Mistress of the Dark; Megaforce; Crash (2004); The Gold Rush; Gladiator; Pulp Fiction; Battlefield: Earth; The Little Vampire; The Box; Cabin Boy; The Maltese Falcon; Roger & Me; Fargo; Die Hard; The Fanatic; Miller’s Crossing; Goodfellas; You’ve Got Mail; Mixed Nuts

Ratings: Daniel – Double Dare; Corky – Dare


Theatrical trailer for Lucky Numbers

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