Movie Review - Oh Lucy!
Shinobu Terajima stars as Setsuko Kawashima, a middle-aged office worker in Tokyo who is living in a tiny apartment all by herself and who has a smoking issue. She has a sister with whom she's estranged. She does have a niece with whom she speaks but other than that, Setsuko has a pretty isolated existence. She also appears to be pretty disconnected, not affected by much. Even a tragedy right in front of her eyes doesn't move her. She's just going through the everyday motions like going to work without much care or concern. She herself could be suicidal.
Shioli Kutsuna plays Mika Ogawa, the niece to Setsuko who signs up and pays for an English class. She works as a waitress in a quirky restaurant. When Setsuko visits that restaurant one night, Mika tells her that she can't attend the class and she can't get her money back, so she asks her aunt to take the class in her place. Setsuko reluctantly agrees. Mika is a sweet, bubbly presence who genuinely loves her aunt and perhaps has more in common with her aunt than she realizes but has the advantage of being younger and a bit more bold.
Kaho Minami also co-stars as Ayako, the sister of Setsuko. There is definite tension between the two siblings stemming back to an incident involving infidelity. As a result, Ayako can be very annoying and certainly passive aggressive toward her sister. It's a source of some of the comedy here, a lot of which is quite dry or toned down.
As in The Disaster Artist (2017), Megan Mullally appears in one scene. She's not identified, but Mullally is the kind of actress whose mere presence signals some great comedy ahead. Her comedy here, though brief, is more subtle and limited to quick facial looks. Even though there aren't over-the-top set-pieces, this movie is a better comedy than the recent Blockers, which also follows grown-ups who chase after young people trying to lose their virginity. This movie has Ayako who isn't trying to lose her virginity but the grown-ups chasing her make for more interesting and funnier characters than the ones in Blockers without all the quips or ridiculous lines of dialogue.
Not Rated but recommended for mature audiences.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 36 mins.
In select cities, coming soon to DVD and VOD via Film Movement.
For more information, go to the film's website.