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Lucky Break (2002)



Critic Consensus: Lucky Break fails to do anything new with The Full Monty formula.

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The first feature by director Peter Cattaneo since his award-winning British smash hit The Full Monty, Lucky Break is another comedy in the same mold, this time taking place in prison. Small-time crooks Jimmy (James Nesbitt) and Rudy (Lennie James), after years of no success, decide to pull a bank job, where they are both captured and incarcerated. Jimmy is then transferred to Long Rudford, run by the steely security chief Perry (Ron Cook). Jimmy again runs into Rudy (whom he left to take the initial rap) and shares a cell with Cliff (Timothy Spall), a portly man prone to depression. The prison warden, Mortimer (Christopher Plummer), is heavily into Broadway musicals and offers Jimmy an opportunity to stage his long-unproduced work, "Nelson: The Musical," which Jimmy will use as a means to bust out of the prison. After working hard on the new tuner, the boys try to find a way both to do the show and to continue their arduously planned escape. The Sixth Sense's Olivia Williams co-stars as a guard Jimmy falls for, and British comic actors Bill Nighy and Frank Harper appear in supporting roles.

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Ron Cook
as Perry
Frank Harper
as John Toombes
Christopher Plummer
as Graham Mortimer
Julian Barratt
as Paul Dean
Peter Wight
as Officer George Barratt
Brian Abbott
as Officer Phillips
William Howe
as Ritchie
John Drew
as Security Officer
Sean McKenzie
as Perry's Assistant
Georgie Glen
as Audience Member
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Critic Reviews for Lucky Break

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (19)

The formulaic script, stocked with not one truly menacing inmate, echoes far too many sentimental post-Full Monty imports.

July 20, 2002 | Rating: 2/4

A prison comedy that never really busts out of its comfy little cell.

May 31, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's what the Brits themselves might call fair to middling.

May 13, 2002

A pleasing but routine British comedy set in an English prison.

April 24, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

No worse a film than Breaking Out, and Breaking Out was utterly charming.

April 24, 2002 | Full Review…

While we can forgive Cattaneo for succumbing to temptation, we must also damn him and screenwriter Ronan Bennett (Face) for failing to attempt to improve on the original idea.

April 19, 2002 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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