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  • Language: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
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  • ASIN: B00BCJR9CK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,131 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c58b900) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c4310d8) out of 5 stars Everyone Loves A Spectacle: Cynicism, Black Comedy, And Even Melodrama Combine In This Spanish Import June 14 2013
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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. After a day of job interviews, he visits a locale from their past in which a Roman ruin has been recently unearthed. Through a series of mishaps, something unexpected happens that puts Mota at the center of a media circus. Everyone seems to have a stake in what is occurring or wants a stake in it! As Mota comes to grips with his situation, he becomes complicit in his own exploitation. As avarice, greed, and ambition take over the proceedings, Mota also wants to cash in for the highest dollar value.

There is nothing new in the themes examined in "As Luck Would Have It." If anything, the film's screenplay lets it targets off too easily. The biggest commentary is reserved for the tabloid news cycle that craves product placement and cashes in on tragedy. The film starts with a hard edge, but gives way to a certain sentimentality. I still went with this transition, however, because I thought it was well developed. But the very real situation at the center of the picture is absolutely fascinating. Mota is quite good, very convincing in a difficult role. Although the picture can be frantic, he is literally the calm center. Hayek is appealing, even if I didn't love her final scenes. One significant complaint would be that Mota's children are not particularly believable or developed. They remain in the middle ground where the picture is still deciding whether to be a comedy or a drama. I'd still rate the experience at 4 1/2 stars for my taste, but I'll round up since I liked the movie so much more than I had anticipated. KGHarris, 6/13.
HASH(0x9c431360) out of 5 stars Enjoy Each Moment As If It's Your Last Jan. 1 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
HASH(0x9c44edb0) out of 5 stars Very Good Spanish Speaking Comedy Drama Sept. 12 2014
By CMA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c44e1bc) out of 5 stars Everyone Loves A Spectacle: Cynicism, Black Comedy, And Even Melodrama Combine In This Spanish Import June 25 2013
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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. After a day of job interviews, he visits a locale from their past in which a Roman ruin has been recently unearthed. Through a series of mishaps, something unexpected happens that puts Mota at the center of a media circus. Everyone seems to have a stake in what is occurring or wants a stake in it! As Mota comes to grips with his situation, he becomes complicit in his own exploitation. As avarice, greed, and ambition take over the proceedings, Mota also wants to cash in for the highest dollar value.

There is nothing new in the themes examined in "As Luck Would Have It." If anything, the film's screenplay lets it targets off too easily. The biggest commentary is reserved for the tabloid news cycle that craves product placement and cashes in on tragedy. The film starts with a hard edge, but gives way to a certain sentimentality. I still went with this transition, however, because I thought it was well developed. But the very real situation at the center of the picture is absolutely fascinating. Mota is quite good, very convincing in a difficult role. Although the picture can be frantic, he is literally the calm center. Hayek is appealing, even if I didn't love her final scenes. One significant complaint would be that Mota's children are not particularly believable or developed. They remain in the middle ground where the picture is still deciding whether to be a comedy or a drama. I'd still rate the experience at 4 1/2 stars for my taste, but I'll round up since I liked the movie so much more than I had anticipated. KGHarris, 6/13.
HASH(0x9c42ea20) out of 5 stars Different plot Dec 21 2015
By Sakae - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The plot of this movie is different from others. It is so true of how the media works and make money no matter peoples' pain. All the actors did a good job. Very well directed as well.

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