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4.0 out of 5 stars A Surprisingly Warm Comedy
By Carl Schultz on August 20, 2017
The advertising for “Logan Lucky” includes the advertising slogan, “See how the other half steals,” and much of the publicity emphasizes the picture is directed by the filmmaker responsible for the popular heist comedy “Ocean’s 11.” The suggestion is that “Logan Lucky” is a sort of distaff “Ocean’s 11,” featuring unsophisticated rural Southerners instead of glib and glamorous Las Vegas wiseguys.
And while that description is not exactly inaccurate, it’s also not quite to the picture itself. The difference is in the picture’s sense of warmth: Far from satirizing his cast of characters, director Steven Soderbergh actually embraces them, and in the process creates a oddly heartwarming comedy in which the audience finds itself rooting against the traditional good guys, in favor of a demographic which usually doesn’t receive much of a break in the popular American lexicon.
“Logan Lucky” details the adventures of an unemployed West Virginia construction worker who, at the end of his financial rope, hatches a scheme to rob the massive Charlotte Motor Speedway during the popular annual Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race. And in order to carry off the heist, the would-be master criminal needs to recruit the most colorful group of accomplices this side of Mayberry…or “Deliverance.”
Written by Rebecca Blunt—thought to be a pseudonym for either the director’s wife or Soderbergh himself—the script renders most of the characters underwritten, incomplete, and lacking in motivation.