Luck is a 2022 computer-animated fantasy comedy movie directed by Peggy Holmes and written by Kiel Murray, who co-wrote the story with Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, based on an original concept by Juan De Dios, Rebecca Carrasco, and Julián Romero. Produced by Skydance Animation, the movie features the voices of Simon Pegg, Eva Noblezada, Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Fonda, Lil Rel Howery, Flula Borg, Colin O’Donoghue, and John Ratzenberger.
The movie premiered in Madrid on August 2, 2022, and was released on Apple TV+ and in select theaters in the United States on August 5, 2022. The movie received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for the voice acting and animation, but criticism for the world-building and plot.
Luck: Movie Synopsis
Sam Greenfield is a clumsy 18-year-old orphaned young woman whose life is constantly plagued by misfortune and has only recently started living on her own, much to the dismay of her soon-to-be-adopted younger friend Hazel. One night, after sharing a panini with a black cat, she finds a penny that she hopes to give to Hazel for a collection of other good luck charms to help with her adoption. The next day, Sam notices that the penny has greatly improved her luck. However, she soon loses the pennies by accidentally flushing them down the toilet.
As Sam laments her mistake, she meets the cat again and tells him what happened, causing the cat to unexpectedly scold her for losing the penny. Shocked, Sam follows the cat through a portal to the Land of Happiness, where goblin-like creatures create happiness for the people of Earth. A cat named Bob tells Sam that he needs the penny for travel purposes and that he will be banished if word gets out that he has lost it.
Bob and Sam agree to get another penny from Penny’s stash for Hazel before returning it to Bob. Bob uses Sam’s button to go on a dime while she sneaks into the Land of Happiness with clothes belonging to Bob’s personal elf Gerry. Along the way, Sam comes to find out how luck is controlled by the dragon and how bad luck is controlled under the Land of Luck.
After a disaster at Penny’s depot causes Gerry to learn of Sam’s identity, Gerry uses a drone to retrieve the missing penny on Earth. But the drone gets lost in the Middle Ages, the space between the lands of Good and Bad Luck. Sam and Bob go to the In-Between, which is inhabited by a unicorn named Jeff.
Jeff manages a machine called the Bad Luck Apparat that prevents patches of bad luck from sticking, which powers the Randomizer, another machine that sends both luck and bad luck to Earth. Jeff tells the pair that he found the penny and sent it back to the warehouse. However, Sam decides to visit the dragon in hopes of getting another penny.
The dragon, named Babe, shares a moment with Sam by telling her how everyone would be better off if there was happiness all around, before giving her a new penny. However, they have to sacrifice the penny to save Bob from banishment after they learn that Bob has lost his penny.
Still wanting to help Hazel, Sam and Bob decide to temporarily shut down the Bad Luck Apparat to prevent bad luck from reaching the Randomizer, thus giving Hazel the luck she needs to be adopted. However, the stains of bad luck begin to clog Jeff’s machine, seeping into the Land of Luck and destroying the Randomizer’s luck and bad luck stones, which itself brings bad luck to the Earth and the Earth.
Seeing that Hazel wasn’t adopted because of this, Sam sulks with remorse. Bob tells Sam that unlucky or not, Hazel is the luckiest girl to have Sam by her side. Sam discovers that things can be fixed as she finds happiness in the land of misfortune on her way to Meanwhile.
She and Bob go to a bar; where the bartender, a root monster named Rootie, gives them the lucky glass they’ve been using. They take it to Babe to forge new stones for luck and bad luck. However, while Babe creates a bad luck stone, she creates two lucky stones and wants to create a world with only happiness.
Before she can place them, Sam tells Babe that people need bad luck as much as they need happiness. Realizing her mistake, she allows Sam to place the bad luck stone, and both countries and happiness return to normal where Sam sees Hazel finally being adopted. Bob is offered to keep his job at Lucky Land but decides he wants to live with Sam. A year later at home, Hazel’s family spends time with Sam and Bob as Sam finally accepts her bad luck.
Luck Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End?
The film establishes the reason for the misfortune. It allows the characters to come to the conclusion that a bout of misfortune is always followed by some happiness. In the passage between misfortune and happiness, Bob says that in order for Sam to return to the side of happiness, he must jump.
Gravity doesn’t work the same way and the only way to get across is to jump because going down leads to luck. They see happiness as a mirror and as two sides of the same coin. The members living and caring for the miserable happiness department seem to adapt and adjust to their little misfortunes and find joy in them. After the incident, Sam and Bob bring the two happiness departments together and everyone joins.
Finally, after admiring Sam, Bob asks her if he could be the forever family she’s been missing. The movie ends with Sam adopting Bob as her cat and they become good friends. Hazel is adopted into a loving family that allows her to spend time with her beloved Sam and Bob.
They adapt and are always ready for the little mishaps that happen around them. Sam’s boss even helps her when accidents happen. By the end of the film, Sam has a forever family of his own and lives happily with his cat, Bob, who seems obsessed with his phone, and Hazel, who helps out Sam with dance chores.