A group of British prisoners stage a musical about Napoleon's adversary Lord Nelson as the cover for a jailbreak.
On the evidence of "Greenfingers," "The Mean Machine" and now "Lucky Break," the British prison system seems to be home to the largest number of lovable, eccentric characters this side of Sesame Street. Apparently, what it takes to get sent up the river in the United Kingdom is a sunny disposition, a cute Irish accent and an adorably offbeat skill, like gardening or, as in the present case, a flair for musical comedy. "Lucky Break" is the director Peter Cattaneo's follow-up to his immensely successful "Full Monty." But "Lucky Break" has none of the social-sexual undertones that made "The Full Monty" such a runaway success. Instead, Mr. Cattaneo restricts himself to the smiling blandness that has become the stock in trade of British comedies made for export, turning in a film that is forced, familiar and thoroughly condescending. Dave Kehr
2002-04-05 | Dave Kehr | Read the New York Times Review of Lucky Break