Great Job, Internet!: Read This: Lucky Numbers’ screenwriter on how his work became mindless crap

How does a funny, inventive script wind up as the kind of bland, forgettable movie that dutifully pads out the schedule on basic cable? Splitsider explains one such case with its in-depth look at the rise and fall of Lucky Numbers, a barely remembered Nora Ephron comedy from 2000 starring John Travolta, Lisa Kudrow, and muckraking documentarian Michael Moore as a group of inept con artists with a half-baked scheme to rig Pennsylvania’s state lottery. The film’s eventual fate could hardly have been more disappointing for all involved. Splitsider’s Mike Sullivan describes Lucky Numbers as “something you’d notice alone and unwanted on the shelves of a Blockbuster Video two days before it went out of business.” But it all started so promisingly. The script, which was originally called Numbers, was penned by Adam Resnick (The Larry Sanders Show, Death To Smoochy), who took his inspiration from …

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