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As Luck Would Have It

4.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Roberto (famed Spanish comic José Mota) once had a promising career in advertising. Now out of work because of the economic downturn, he struggles to keep his family afloat and their dire situation a secret from his adoring wife Luisa (Salma Hayek). After yet another dead end interview, Roberto s chances for a promising future seem slim  until a freak accident places him at the center of a wild media storm. Realizing his opportunity, Roberto hires a brazen agent to help him leverage his newfound fame into fortune, but Luisa begins to worry about what lengths Roberto will go to for his family s security. Equal parts skewering social satire and deeply felt drama, cult director Alex de la Iglesia s darkly comic AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT is a wild riff on the modern world.

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  • Actors: Salma Hayek, Jose Mota
  • Directors: Álex de la Iglesia
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: June 25, 2013
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BCJR9CK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,211 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Through the mainstream media, I had heard a number of negative critiques about the Spanish film "As Luck Would Have It." I wavered back and forth before finally deciding to watch the film for this reason. I sat down, therefore, with relatively low expectations and was absolutely and pleasantly surprised. Director Álex de la Iglesia has made some fascinating and over-the-top spectacles in the past. His wicked sense of humor and merciless darkness make a unusually delightful combination. Having worked most of my life in retail, I'm still in love with his black comedy "El Crimen Perfecto" from 2004. Fresh from the garish, unpredictable, and pretty spectacular "The Last Circus," "As Luck Would Have It" is a decidedly calmer affair. It's not exactly a film that I would have expected from the director, but maybe that's why it appealed to me so much. Part satire, part domestic drama, the movie plays like a riff on Billy Wilder's classic "Ace in the Hole." Gallows humor and abject cynicism, in this case, are tempered with heartfelt emotion and even a bit of melodrama. I might have preferred a little more bite from its social commentary, but I was still thoroughly captivated by the story. In short, I really kind of loved this movie.

I knew nothing about "As Luck Would Have It" prior to watching it. Part of its pleasure is to see how exactly it unravels. Therefore, I will be purposefully vague in my descriptions. A pleasantly restrained Jose Mota (not typically known for restraint) plays an unemployed advertising professional looking for a fresh start. He and his wife (Salma Hayek) are at the brink of financial ruin, but Mota has not been entirely forthcoming with the dire news.
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I had never heard about this movie until I found it at the library. I love Salma Hayek and she did not disappoint in this film. As Luck Would Have It is about a husband, played by Jose Mota, as an unemployed advertising executive that created a popular soft drink jingle but he found himself unemployed.

For the past month he would leave as if he had a job but little did his wife, played by Salma Hayek know that he had been unemployed for quite a while. The last straw occurred when he asked to be rehired by the former advertisement agency and with his anniversary coming up he wanted to do something special for his wife. He decides to revisit the special place where they had their honeymoon which was now turned into a museum.

He is so distraught that we began to wonder throughout the museum to an area that was off limits. With each step he was entering into danger. A security guard prohibited him from moving forward because little did he know was that the floor was unfinished. As he stepped off the ledge he tumbled and fell onto a grate that was prepped for framing and later it was discovered that as he landed one of the rods that was sticking up went into the back of his head. He wondered why he was unable to move and began to experience a headache it was because the rod was in his skull.

As you journey through this movie you began to see the character of people from that of love to greed to self-interest.; even the media played a tremendous part in how his life was depicted during this grueling time of his life. Want to see a movie that it touching and humanistic As Luck Would Have It is a much see. Great job everyone including the director, Álex de la Iglesia.
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I had no idea I bought a movie that's in Spanish b/c of the title in English on the DVD cover. Original title is 'La Chispa de la Vida' (Spark of Life). However, good thing I'm Latina American & don't mind reading the English subtitles. It's a comedy drama. Good story line, and will keep you wondering til the end if the man's gonna make it or not. I recommend this movie to those that speak Spanish, and to those that are patient having no problems watching a movie in English subtitles (if unable to speak Spanish). I also got lucky when I paid under $5 for this movie - Blockbuster's liquidation sale....enjoy it folks!
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