The Lucky Ones isn't dull, and the actors do quite nicely

By Owen Gleiberman (

In The Lucky Ones, a trio of U.S. soldiers who have just returned from Iraq - Tim Robbins as a 40ish veteran, and Rachel McAdams and Michael Pena as younger grunts on a 30-day leave - team up to drive across the country.

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Apr 28, 2009 5:20AM EDT

A very well-acted study of three fragile souls.Three soldiers are home from Iraq; a 40-ish Tim Robbins out for good and the young Michael Pena and Rachel McAdams on a thirty day leave. Each has their own problem that they are faced with at the beginning of the film. Robbins comes home to a wife who wants a divorce and a son who needs $20,000 for college, Pena suffered a wound that has made him impotent and McAdams lost her friend and wants to find his family in order to return his guitar and live with them since she's lost any ties with her own. Think every problem is going to be solved in a little bow by the end? Well, you'd be right. Think that it's going to really typical and schmaltzy? Not so much on that one. It seems like a film that's made for the obvious ups and downs throughout but it actually manages to be quite original and refreshing. Instead of feeling like a film that's just about resolving the individual situations, it's a lot more carefree and a lot more about these three people simply enjoying life together and keeping one another joyful.

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