Sometimes losing your way home means finding yourself
Rachel as: Colee Dunn
Plot Outline: The story revolves around three soldiers — Colee, TK and Cheever — who return from the Iraq War after suffering injuries and learn that life has moved on without them. They end up on an unexpected road trip across the U.S., with Colee on a mission to bring her boyfriend’s guitar back to his family because he saved her life, TK seeking confidence to face his wife after a shrapnel injury that threatens his sexual function and middle-aged Cheever planning to hit the casinos in a desperate effort to pay for his son’s college tuition.
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“The Lucky Ones” was shot around October 2007 in different locations in Illinois. Other locations were Colorado, Nevada and Missouri.
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Triva & Facts
• Although the war in the movie is the Iraq war the never is never mentioned in the movie itself because the director wanted to focus on the characters.
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Colee Dunn: T.K. if you stay in the car you’ll die!
T.K. Poole: If I get out of the car I might die!
Quotes from Rachel
“I thought she was such a weirdo. She has a strange mix of qualities. She seemed like she’d be a lot of fun to play. I didn’t totally understand her completely. I thought it would be a really great exploration.”
-On her character Colee Dunn (USA Today)
“When I first read the script [of The Lucky Ones], I didn’t get my character and I found that interesting. She had such a mishmash of qualities — one minute she’s a hellcat and the next she’s so sensitive. I liked that sense of complication. And I was interested in what it is to belong to something like the Army and the nature of true fellowship and service.”
-On her character Colee Dunn (T Magazine)
“Basically, the movie [The Lucky Ones] is a long road trip, and that was resonant for me.”
-On why she got involved (T Magazine)
Quotes from Cast & Crew
“It was real easy. These are two [Rachel McAdams, Michael Peña] really great actors and I felt from the start all three of us were open to each other and generous with each other. We had to be because we were going to be stuck in a car for seven weeks. So we went out to dinner a lot, and I became kind of this social director of these two youngsters. I was surprised how much time they wanted to spend in their hotel rooms. I had to get them out and about. We were in Chicago and St. Louis, two great places to go hear music, and so we did a lot of that. ”
-Tim Robbins, co-star (Movie Online)
“Well, Rachel’s really, you know… From my perspective, that’s a really difficult role to play and I thought she did it so brilliantly. It’s tough to be optimistic and possess that kind of positive energy. I know people like her character and they’re intoxicating, you know people, but it’s a tough role to play. There’s so many pitfalls in it, and I just felt she did a great job of it.”
-Tim Robbins, co-star (Movie Online)
“Rachel I had known about, and she was at the top of my list for the character of Colee. You know, Colee’s kind of a complicated part in that she’s really naive, but very wise in a way as well. It’s a very complex role. And I talked to her at length about it, and I just thought that she would be the one to do it. She has sort of similar qualities to Colee in the sense that she has an openness and an optimism that I really responded to.”
-Neil Burger, director (Movie Online)
“She’s so great in the movie, she plays this incredibly character and it sort of sums up the spirit of the movie.”
-Neil Burger, director (mediathinkRCD)
“Rachel McAdams comes into her own here. Previously she has been seen mostly as a hot chick (the title of her worst film) or an idealized sweetheart. Here she is feisty, vulnerable, plucky, warm, funny. This is her coming of age as an actress. She provides yet another lesson that you can’t judge acting ability until you see an actor given a chance to really stretch. Watch the poignance of the scene when she meets her boyfriend’s family.”
-Roger Ebert (SunTimes)
“The Lucky Ones isn’t dull, and the actors do quite nicely, especially McAdams, who’s feisty, gorgeous, and as mercurial as a mood ring.”
-Owen Gleiberman (EW)
“Rachel McAdams, luminous as always. [...] The lead actors work so well together, adding depth and levels of vulnerability to fairly underwritten roles, the emotional consequences of the sense of displacement these “lucky” characters — lucky to be alive”
-Laura Kern (New York Times)
• Toronto International Film Festival
• Press Conference
• USA Today
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