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Movie Review – Lucky Numbers (2000 United States)

Updated on May 29, 2012

Oh my! So funny, so well written, so well acted, and even Harrisburg PA (which I know well) looks great.

John Travolta is a wonderful comedic actor, and he has never been better than in this dark comedy about the Weather Guy on the local TV news who dreams of being so much more—a game show host, for pity's sake.

Watch this very funny movie right now:

Watch the trailer for Lucky Numbers:

Lisa Kudrow is wonderful as the always-PMS’ing Lottery Ball Girl, all mall hair and utter self-absorption. “F**k me, no fried clams!" she fumes at a restaurant while simultaneously ordering diner and breaking the news to Travolta's sweetly optimistic—albeit delusional—Russ Richards that her cousin —and their cover—is dead (oh, yeah, and that she killed him).

Also worthy of note: Tim Roth as Mephistopheles, who happens to own the local strip joint and who seduces Travolta's Faust into being a Bad Boy, seemingly just for the sheer joy of it since he has nothing to gain. There isn't a wasted shot or a bad score choice, and even the Hollywood-faux snow was convincing enough to this snow-savvy girl in a pivotal comedic moment as we watch a semi jackknife with the same purposeful, balletesque seriousness of intent usually reserved in movies for Grand Events.

Highly recommended.

Copyright © Roberta Lee 2012. All rights reserved.

(I am an artist and the author of the Suburban Sprawl series of novels as well as two nonfiction books. Find out more about my work at

Genre: Dark Comedy

Rated: R

Running Time: 1 hr. 45 min.

In Theaters: Oct 27, 2000

On DVD: Mar 20, 2001

Box Office:$9.5M

Distributor:Paramount Pictures

Directed By: Nora Ephron

Written By: Adam Resnick


John Travolta - Russ Richards

Lisa Kudrow - Crystal Latroy

Tim Roth - Gig

Ed O'Neill - Dick

Michael Rapaport - Dale

Daryl Mitchell - Chambers

Bill Pullman - Lakewood

Richard Schiff - Jerry Green

Michael Moore - Walter

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    • DIYmyOmy profile image

      DIYmyOmy 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      It's a wonderful comedy, enjoy!

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      pooilum 6 years ago from Malaysia

      Looks like another comedy movie.. shall give it a shot!