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As Luck Would Have It

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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
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  • 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: #129,987 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 14, 2013
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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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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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