Lucky Them (2013) Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, Oliver Platt, Ryan Eggold Movie Review

Lucky Them (2013)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Toni Collette in Lucky Them (2013)

Unlucky Me

Music critic Ellie Klug (Toni Collette) lives an uncomplicated life, writing about new music for Stax magazine and hooking up with undiscovered talent if they take her fancy such as busker Lucas Stone (Ryan Eggold). But Stax magazine needs her to rediscover her mojo by doing a piece on musician Matthew Smith (Johnny Depp) who disappeared 10 years earlier. For Ellie that is awkward as she was dating Matthew when he just vanished with some believing he committed suicide. On top of that Ellie finds herself being accompanied by Charlie (Thomas Haden Church) who comes from money and having taken lessons at a community college in documentary making plans to make a documentary about Ellie trying to find Matthew.

"Lucky Them" made me feel like a pendulum as one minute it entertained and the next it bored me, back and forth it went make me smile then allowing me to drift off waiting for something good to happen. Truth be told I don't think anything good really happens as we observe the life if Ellie as she reminisces over when she met Matthew, interviews people who might have met him and are part of the music culture whilst also dealing with the fact she finds herself falling for another younger musician. Maybe for those more into the music scene this will connect with them in ways it simply didn't for me.

But as I said this movie did entertain and that comes from the characters especially Thomas Haden Church as he makes Charlie such an amusing, matter of fact, money doesn't matter when you've got it character. In fact whilst Toni Collette and Ryan Eggold play their parts well without Church doing such a wonderful job of making stiff amusing "Lucky Them" would have been even more of a slog than it ended up.

What this all boils down to is that "Lucky Them" didn't do it for me and was more of a case of Thomas Haden Church being entertaining and the rest of movie struggling to match up to what he brings.