From the director of The Illusionist
, The Lucky Ones
, starring Rachel McAdams
) with Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins
, 2004) and Michael Peña
), is the humorous, yet gripping drama about three soldiers on leave who take an unexpected road trip across the United States. An Official Selection of the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, The Lucky Ones
was called "Spellbinding" by Roger Ebert
) and "a sharply observed, smart road movie" (Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
) with "sharp, heartfelt performances" (Philadelphia Inquirer
). The DVD contains a making-of featurette and will be available on January 27, 2009.
After suffering an injury during a routine patrol, hardened sergeant TK Poole (Peña) is granted a one-month leave to visit his fiancé. However, when an unexpected blackout cancels all flights out of New York, TK agrees to share a ride to Pittsburgh with two similarly stranded servicemen, Cheever (Robbins), an older family man who longs to return to his wife in St. Louis, and Colee (McAdams), a naive private who's pinned her hopes on connecting with a dead fellow soldier's family. What begins as a short trip unexpectedly evolves into a longer journey. Forced to grapple with old relationships, broken hopes and a country divided over the war, TK, Cheever and Colee discover that home is not quite what they remembered and that the unlikely companionship they've found might be what matters the most.