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Colby-Sawyer Presents Showing of 'The Lucky Ones' With Discussion by Local Iraq War Veterans

NEW LONDON, N.H. — Colby-Sawyer College will show the 2008 comedy/drama film “The Lucky Ones” about three soldiers injured in the Iraq War who return home to find themselves on an adventure in which the lives they had known in America no longer exist.

Directed by Neil Burger and starring Rachel McAdams, Michael Pena and Tim Robbins, “The Lucky Ones” will be shown on March 18, 2009, at 7 p.m. in Wheeler Hall, at the Ware Campus Center. The movie is rated R and is approximately 115 minutes long. Immediately after the film, a group discussion led by injured Iraq War Veterans will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

This film shows what life can be like for injured soldiers and the obstacles they encounter when returning home from war. “The Lucky Ones” revolves around three strangers with different destinations who find themselves together on an unexpected road trip across the United States after all their planes are grounded at JFK Airport in New York.

Sergeant T.K. Poole, played by Michael Pena, is trying to get home to Las Vegas for his 30-day leave to visit his fiancée, but he finds himself lacking confidence after sustaining a shrapnel injury that threatens his sexual function. Private Colee Dunn, played by Rachel McAdams, also hopes to visit Vegas and connect with her boyfriend's family and bring them his guitar after he saved her life. They come together with Sergeant Fred Cheever, played by Tim Robbins, who is on the way to see his wife in St. Louis and desperately wants to win enough money to pay for his son's college tuition. On the trip, all three soldiers encounter a series of odd situations that help them learn more about themselves than they ever could have imagined.

The New York Daily News describes “The Lucky Ones” as “a sharply observed, smart road movie." “Timely, often surprisingly funny... The Lucky Ones offers a reminder of what a great young actress with have in Rachel McAdams. Director Neil Burger is a real talent," proclaims The Los Angeles Times.

To find out more about “The Lucky Ones” or to watch the trailer, visit To learn more about other public events at Colby-Sawyer, visit

-Michelle L. Buser '09

Michelle L. Buser is a Communications Studies major and an intern in College Communications at Colby-Sawyer College.

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