Logan Lucky

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Very funny, clever heist movie has some action, language.
  • PG-13
  • 2017
  • 119 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Characters learn to work together and trust one another, but at the same time, they're committing a crime, with no real consequences.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters are clever and are good problem solvers, but they use their cleverness for crime. Not much diversity in the main cast, and female characters aren't particularly prominent.

Violence

Comical fight scene in a bar. Characters hit each other and wrestle on the floor. A car is set on fire. Staged prison riot. A car crashes through a store window.

Sex

A female character is referred to as "sexy." Some crude comments.

Language

One use of "f--k," plus a few uses of "s--t," "damn," "ass," "a--hole," "hell," "vagina." Some crude comments. "Oh god" and "Christ" used as exclamations.

Consumerism

Lots of branding at NASCAR race, stickers on uniforms and cars. Coca-Cola, etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A character is a bartender, and several characters drink socially (martinis, beer, etc.). A character gulps down two beers. A character is shown holding a glass of wine at home.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Logan Lucky is a comical caper movie from director Steven Soderbergh. It's a highly entertaining cousin to his Ocean's movies, with a more southern drawl (it's set in North Carolina and West Virginia, rather than Las Vegas). The heist itself is largely nonviolent, but there's a minor bar fight, with some hitting, wrestling, and a few bruises. A car is set on fire, another crashes through a store window, and a prison riot is staged. Language includes a use of "f--k," and a few uses of "s--t" and "damn." A woman who wears short shorts and tank tops is referred to as "sexy," but otherwise sex isn't an issue (though neither are central female characters -- or diverse ones). One character is eager to gulp a couple of beers at the race track, a major character works as a bartender, and some scenes are set in a bar, with lots of social drinking (beers, martinis, etc.), though nobody seems to overdo it. Plenty of branding is seen at a NASCAR race, but it's treated as incidental. Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, and Adam Driver co-star.

User Reviews

Parent Written byMichelle K. August 21, 2017

god speed

good for kids
Adult Written byIsaac B. September 12, 2017

Logan Lucky - Film Review and Parent's Guide

From the master of heist films himself, Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's 11, 12, and 13), comes a very unique comedy/crime drama. 'Logan Lucky' is a cr... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byEnglishPenguin August 20, 2017

Logan Lucky is an Ocean's 11/O'brother where art thou heist movie that's not for everyone.

At first this movie starts out quite slow, and at times can feel very much like watching red neck reality tv. But when it starts to pick up, Logan Lucky deliver... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byskilledreviewer123 August 20, 2017

Very slow, poorly edited heist movie.

Logan Lucky is not inappropriate. The quality is the problem and I'm sure you 11 year old will not like this movie. The messgae is short and I do not recom... Continue reading

What's the story?

In LOGAN LUCKY, Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) loses his job because of an insurance problem, and his bartender brother, Clyde (Adam Driver), reminds him of his theory: that the Logans have a bad-luck curse (Clyde himself lost a hand in the Iraq war). But Jimmy -- whose lost job offered him views of how cash was handled in underground tubes at North Carolina's Charlotte Motor Speedway -- thinks he has a foolproof plan to rob the venue. To pull off the job, they'll need help from their sister, Mellie (Riley Keough), as well as from explosives expert Joe Bang (Daniel Craig). Their first hurdle will be to get Joe out of prison and then back in again before anyone discovers he's gone. And there are many more challenges ahead, including a clash with wealthy, obnoxious NASCAR sponsor Max Chilblain (Seth MacFarlane).

Is it any good?

Steven Soderbergh returns to the big screen after a self-imposed "retirement" with a movie that's very much in the vein of his Ocean's trilogy but pulpier and quirkier -- and tons of fun. Whereas the Ocean's movies were slick and sophisticated, with a big-city sheen, Logan Lucky offers a "country cousin" side of the coin, focusing on members of a more close-knit, laid-back rural community, whose lives follow an entirely different rhythm. The characters' Southern drawl recalls some of the Coen brothers' funniest films (Raising Arizona, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, etc.), and their criminal cleverness is reminiscent of some of Quentin Tarantino's work.

The screenplay by Rebecca Blunt -- her first -- cooks up a sharp, air-tight, surprising heist plan, as well as many hilarious, offbeat lines of dialogue. But, like so many writers who pen movies of this type, Blunt fails to consistently balance both elements. The first half of the movie is funnier, and the second half is more thrilling, but the mixing of the two tones doesn't happen as easily as it could have. Still, Logan Lucky is packed with so many sparkling moments, so many belly laughs, and so many truly clever ploys, that it'll be worth several viewings.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Logan Lucky's violence. How violent does the movie feel, and how much is actually shown?

  • Do you think the movie offers a positive or negative portrayal of Southern characters? How? Are stereotypes reinforced or upturned?

  • What's the appeal of movies about criminals? What makes these characters likable? Does it matter if they get away with the crime or face the consequences?

  • How is drinking portrayed in the movie? Are characters shown drunk? Is drinking glamorized? Why does that matter?

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