This low-key dramedy about three Iraq soldiers on leave is something of a problem child for its studio, Lionsgate, which dithered for a year over how to market an Iraq war movie to audiences who have rejected every single movie that even mentions Iraq. Iraq-phobia isnt the movies only problem, however; its just not very good. Director and co-scenarist Neil Burger, whose last film was the attractive period fable The Illusionist
, says this movie was inspired by The Last Detail
, the profane 1973 Hal Ashby film starring Jack Nicholson and Otis Young as sailors escorting a petty thief to prison. The Lucky Ones
is a much more PG-rated affair starring Tim Robbins, Michael Peña and Rachel McAdams as soldiers on an eventful cross-country road trip.
The movie has some good moments, but its hard to get past the scripts wild improbabilities. HH