Lucky Break

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Released 2002

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Director:
Peter Cattaneo
Released:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
Peter Cattaneo ("The Full Monty") directs this British comedy starring James Nesbitt as Jimmy Hands, a raffish robber assigned to a grim correctional facility. When the prison's governor (Christopher Plummer) is persuaded to stage a production of a misguided musical based on the story of Admiral Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton, Jimmy and his buddies seize the opportunity to plan a jailbreak. However, complicating matters is a lovely therapist (Olivia Williams), who, cast as Jimmy's costar, steals his heart. Timothy Spall and Lennie James costar.

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  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Lightly reflective and consistently entertaining, Lucky Break is an easy-to-take diversion.

  • 30

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    Mr. Cattaneo restricts himself to the smiling blandness that has become the stock in trade of British comedies made for export, turning in a film that is forced, familiar and thoro...

  • 30

    Variety Derek Elley

    Chained to the floor by a script that isn't particularly funny, direction that goes for realism rather than stylization and an almost complete lack of comic timing.

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