The Lucky Ones

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 isn’t the movie’s only problem, however; it’s 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 it’s hard to get past the script’s wild improbabilities. HH
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