Luck Review: How To Make It In America

Don’t tell me this isn’t a great f**king country!

So Gus exclaims after winning his first bet at the racetrack in Luck's second episode. What he seemed to forget, or was willfully ignoring, was that his win wasn’t the result of traditional American virtues – hard work and good luck – but what are increasingly becoming modern American values: cheating and lying.

In many ways, Luck is a show about the deteriorating. Horse racing has long since lost its place in the sports spotlight. Similarly, in the current economic and political climate, the American dream is struggling to stay alive. Luck is not first and foremost a political show, but commentary on our contemporary moment is peppered into each episode. When the show is at its best, you don’t consciously recognize its political message, but simply absorb it. Read More...


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