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Logan Lucky is a 2017 heist comedy directed by Steven Soderbergh, based on a screenplay by Rebecca Blunt. The cast includes Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Brian Gleeson, Jack Quaid, Katie Holmes, Seth MacFarlane, Katherine Waterston, Hilary Swank and Sebastian Stan.

Trying to reverse a family curse, Jimmy Logan (Tatum) sets out to execute an elaborate robbery at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, with the help of his brother Clyde (Driver) and his sister Mellie (Keough). Circumstances force them to schedule it during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race, during Memorial Day weekend. To pull it off, they have to break Joseph "Joe" Bang (Craig), an explosives and safe-breaking specialist, out of prison, and recruit Joe's redneck brothers, Sam (Gleeson) and Fish (Quaid).

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  • Actor Allusion:
    • Daniel Craig plays Joe Bang and the code to order his Trademark Favorite Food (boiled eggs with salt) from the vending machine is "J7". Same initials as his most famous role and referencing the character's code number (007), add the two eggs for "00".
    • Adam Driver gives one of Bang's brothers a nasty look when they talk about wanting to stay on the "light side", fitting considering Kylo Ren's dilemma in the new Star Wars trilogy.
  • Alliterative Title: Logan Lucky
  • Ambiguous Ending: The Logans seem to have gotten away with it, but FBI Agent Grayson (Hilary Swank) has taken it as a personal mission to shadow them, looking for any slip-up she can use to nail them. Will they withstand her scrutiny before she gives up?
  • An Arm and a Leg: Clyde Logan is one-handed.
  • Artificial Limb: Clyde lost his left hand when he was a soldier in Iraq and wears a prosthetic. He gets a robotic hand at the end.
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  • Artistic License – Chemistry: It is actually possible to make a bomb out of bleach, salt substitute and gummy bears, but it's a fairly complicated process, involving multiple steps and a fair amount of time. Joe just tosses the ingredients into a plastic bag and the makeshift bomb works. Justified by the fact that no movie wants to teach its audience how to make bombs.
  • Awesome Mccoolname: Joe Bang!
  • Bar Brawl: One such happens in Clyde's bar after one too many provocations by Max Chilblain (Seth MacFarlane) about Clyde's missing limb. Clyde calmly puts an end to it by attracting everyone outside after setting Chilblain's car on fire with a Molotov Cocktail he made with some of the bar's alcohol.
  • Batman Gambit: A lot of the plan relies on people not in on it acting precisely the way Jimmy and the others need them to.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: Used at several points, usually whenever the crew need to get in somewhere they normally wouldn't be able to go.
    • In order to find out more info on the vault (and the pneumatic tube system that leads into it), they fake a cockroach infestation by shoving several cockroaches (painted with nail polish to distinguish which was which) into the tubes. They sneak in with the exterminators and confirm which color cockroaches- and, by extension, which tubes- went into the vault.
    • They send a cake to one of the employees that works in the vault beforehand, then make sure she's locked out for the day before she can remove the cake. That way, it's less suspicious when cockroaches are found in the vault- and, conveniently, the icing on the cake matched the colors of nail polish used to identify the cockroaches.
    • The day of the heist, Clyde and Joe break out of prison by convincing the other prisoners to stage a fake prison riot, allowing them to escape in the chaos. Later on, to mask their return, the prisoners trigger the fire alarm, allowing Joe and Clyde to get back inside while disguised as firefighters.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Mocking Clyde's disability can earn you the ire of Jimmy. Max Chilblain finds it out the hard way.
    • Jimmy saying "Cauliflower" worked as one for Clyde, given its their code word for Jimmy's less than legal plans and Clyde having gone to Juvie as a result of one when he was 13. Messing with his prosthetic arm is also one of the few things to set him off.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Jimmy is very protective of his brother Clyde.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: According to Clyde, Mellie is the only one to escape the curse of the Logan family.
  • Born Unlucky: The Logans apparently have this curse running through their family, save for Mellie.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Pretty much every one of the thieves bar Melie. They're all portrayed as stereotypical white trailer-trash rednecks, but are in actuality goddamn criminal masterminds. The film even refers to their caper as the "hillbilly heist."
    • Joe Bang can be a bit wacky (especially when Mellie is around), but he knows his stuff about explosives.
    • Dayton White is somewhat pretentious, but he is treated as serious contender in racing even four years away from the track.
  • Butt-Monkey: Moody is pretty henpecked by Bobbie Jo and is treated standoffishly by Mellie, ending with her using his car to pull off the heist and coming back with it filthy. All Played for Laughs, of course.
  • The Cameo: Multiple famous NASCAR drivers make cameo appearances in this movie.
    • Jeff Gordon appears in his current role as a NASCAR on Fox color analyst.
    • Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch appear as West Virginia state troopers.
    • Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano appear as security guards.
    • Kyle Larson is a limo driver.
    • Ryan Blaney is a delivery boy.
  • The Caper: The film's premise is about two brothers who plan a heist during a NASCAR race. It's been described as a "hillbilly heist".
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • The FBI agents investigating the robbery pretty much manage to figure out the entire plot, but they can't manage to convince anyone else of the truth. In the end, everyone involved (or, at least, the owners of the stadium) decide it's better just to put it all behind them and write off the loss, rather than try to pursue a dead end case...Mostly because their accountants couldn't figure out exactly HOW MUCH money was actually stolen, yet they've already collected the insurance money on an agreed-upon amount, so finding the thieves might lead to a more exact number being found and might mean that they were overpaid and would have to pay the insurance company back.
    • Max Chilblain really did see Clyde walking around in the tunnels under the stadium, which would have placed him at the scene of the crime and potentially exposed the whole scheme. Unfortunately for Max, his Jerkass tendencies come back to bite him in the ass, since his team's driver, who was also there with him, decides to contradict his story out of spite.
  • Credits Gag:
    • "And introducing Daniel Craig as Joe Bang" instead of "And Starring...". It is neither Craig's first role, nor is he an unfamiliar actor. However, it emphasizes his Playing Against Type.
    • The very end of the credits features this disclaimer: "This film is a work of fiction. No actual persons were robbed. Except you."
  • Daddy Didn't Show: Subverted; Jimmy misses out on Sadie's rehearsal, but she doesn't seem upset about it. And just when it looks like he'll miss her performance, he shows up right when she's about to start.
  • Daddy's Girl: Sadie adores Jimmy and spends a lot of time with him, even choosing to not sing "Umbrella" in favor of singing his favorite song.
  • Deep South: The film takes place in West Virginia and North Carolina. Complete with local accents and slang, redneck games and a NASCAR race.
  • Delayed Reaction:
    • Just before the action kicks off, Joe's brothers read through his instructions and barely figure out "4 - RUN" in time to escape the blast radius.
    • Joe puts his homemade explosive into one of the money pneumatic pipes and runs away. It takes about 2 seconds before Jimmy and Clyde start doing the same.
    • Clyde tells Joe to "Roll, not hesitate" right before pushing him down a garbage chute that has Joe land in a dumpster. Joe spends a few seconds processing what just happened before he hears Clyde coming down the chute, realizes what he meant, and rolls out of the way so that Clyde doesn't land on top of him.
  • Demolitions Expert: Joe Bang knows how to engineer explosive chemical reactions with simple, unnoticeable ingredients.
  • Double Entendre: Moody's "I love stick! I'm a big fan of stick!"
  • Dramatic Irony: Considering his paranoia about the family curse and how often "bad luck" screws them over right when it seems everything's going their way Clyde smiling and seeming rather taken by the pretty new patron to his bar at the end counts since she's the FBI agent who suspects his and his brother's role in the heist and is going to be "staying awhile" in hopes of catching someone slip up so she can prove it.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Mellie has no qualms driving 30 miles over the speed limit. Part of the heist even has to involve distracting the few police officers on duty so that she can speed back.
  • Easily Forgiven: After his prison break, Joe Bang doesn't even address his brother Fish about the money from previous heists that he buried in his garden. Fish's tongue slipped while Joe was in prison, and Fish's wife Misty dug up the money and fled with it a result. Joe learned of this while in prison thanks to the Logan brothers visiting him, and one would expect him to be a little upset when meeting his brother again during the heist. To be fair, Joe would have no time to lose on such matters since the heist has to be pulled off as quickly as possible.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: One of the Bang brothers has "Dangerus" tattooed on his upper arm.
  • George Jetson Job Security: Jimmy gets fired from his construction worker job at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. According to his foreman, it's "for liability reasons involving insurance", i.e. Jimmy forgot to mention that he has a limp.
  • Great Escape: The prison break of Joe and Clyde is unusual in that they have to go back to prison as part of the plan once the heist is done in order to avoid any suspicion, then wait for their prison sentence to end. To do so, the other inmates stage a fake Prison Riot, which lasts long enough for Joe and Clyde to come back disguised as firemen.
  • High-School Sweethearts: Jimmy and Bobbie Jo. It didn't work out in the long run.
  • Honor Among Thieves: Jimmy makes sure everyone involved gets a share of the stolen money, including innocent people like Gleema.
  • Humble Hero: Hero is pushing it as most of the cast are professional thieves, but most of them live very humble, "home-cooked" lives - especially Jimmy.
  • I Call Her "Vera": Joe names his makeshift bomb after himself, "the Joe Bang".
  • Inside Job: Jimmy worked on the construction of tunnels beneath the Charlotte Motor Speedway before he was fired, and uses his knowledge of the place to plan the heist.
  • Insistent Terminology: Clyde lost a hand in Iraq, not his arm.
  • Jerkass: Max Chilblain's Establishing Character Moment involves insulting and disrespecting Clyde; he's also indirectly responsible for Dayton crashing in the race, leading the latter to lie to the FBI when they come to corroborate Max's story about seeing Clyde and Joe in the tunnel.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • There are aspects of the plan the Bang brothers aren't aware of, because the Logans simply don't trust the moronic Sam and Fish not to screw everything up.
    • For his part, Joe doesn't tell the Logans how he plans to build a bomb using items he can slip through a security checkpoint, which ultimately forces him to chart out the chemical reaction in the middle of the heist when they don't believe him.
  • Ludd Was Right: By not having cellular service, staying off all social media and driving an old truck, Jimmy is completely off the grid, so it's practically impossible for the feds to track his actions.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The Logan family is supposedly cursed, with fate screwing them over the second they achieve any kind of success. Clyde is the only one who will admit to believing in the curse (he seems obsessed with it as a matter of fact), but the movie itself is ambiguous as to whether it is real or not.
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  • Ms. Fanservice: Mellie is frequently seen in skimpy outfits.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Jimmy learning that construction is finishing early, meaning the heist has to be moved forward — from the slowest day of the racing season to the busiest.
    • Joe's makeshift bomb is sent back from the vault through the pneumatic pipes... right into Clyde's arms. Fortunately, it doesn't explode, and the second attempt to make it explode in the vault works.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: At the end of the film, we see that, during the heist, Mellie snuck in to fill extra bags; Jimmy made sure no fingerprints were left and indeed retrieved Clyde's prosthetic hand, the gate initially not opening was part of Jimmy's plan to distract Joe and his brothers; and Jimmy saved extra bags of money and only returned part of the stolen case, dividing the rest between him, his associates and friends, with some even doled out to the innocent bank secretary he had to exploit during the heist and Sylvia.
  • Overly Long Gag: The warden's explanation to the rioting inmates for why he can't get them a copy of The Winds of Winter just keeps going and going as the warden goes into ever increasing detail about George R. R. Martin 's Schedule Slip for the series.
  • Prison Riot: One such is staged to cover the absence of Joe Bang and Clyde Logan from prison during the heist.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: When Jimmy and Clyde visit Joe Bang in prison to tell him about their plan:
    Joe: I am in-car-ce-ra-ted!
  • Reformed Criminal: According to Clyde, "his life of crime is over". Until he gets dragged into One Last Job by his brother, that is.
  • Revenge: Part of the reasons why Jimmy Logan decides to rob the vault of the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the Coca Cola 600 race is that he was fired while working on the very site.
  • Running Gag: The warden repeatedly saying (all evidence to the contrary), "We don't have a ____ problem."
  • Safecracking: Joe Bang is an expert at blowing vaults open.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Sylvia only shows up in a couple of scenes, all involving Jimmy.
  • Serious Business: A prison riot hinges on the publishing schedule of A Song of Ice and Fire. Played for Laughs, because the leader of the hostage takers was deliberately making impossible demands to drag out negotiations. Though his anger does seem genuine.
    Warden: I can't, however, provide "The Winds of Winter" or "A Dream of Spring", because they haven't been published yet.
    Prisoner: Man, that's bullshit! He was meant to deliver the manuscript to his publisher two years ago!
  • Shout-Out: To Steven Soderbergh's own films. The gang is referred to as the 'Ocean's 7-11'.
    • Also Andrew Jenkins' 2007 film How to Rob a Bank, which is where Jimmy's list comes from.
  • Shown Their Work: When Moody claims that the Chevy Nova flopped in Mexico because "no va" means "doesn't go" in Spanish, Mellie flatly tells him, "That didn't happen." She's right. This is an oft-repeated urban legend.
  • Smarter Than You Look: The heist relies heavily on people consistently underestimating the would-be robbers, due to their background and Deep South mannerisms. And it works.
  • SoCalization: In Mellie's first scene, she gives an extended description of her commute in which she repeatedly refers to highways as "the [highway number]", something peculiar to Southern California and not West Virginia. The actress is from Southern California.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: It's a pretty sophisticated heist, after all, pulled off by an unemployed construction worker, a one-handed bartender, a hairdresser, a con and the latter's very redneck brothers. And Jimmy gets to show it all over again when leaving some of the money while saving a secret share to throw off law enforcement.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Soderbergh's own Ocean's Eleven trilogy. A caper movie about a non-violent heist with prominent comedy elements. Only this time it's done by a blue collar worker and his Ragtag Bunch of Misfits, which includes a few Deep South individuals.
  • Spoonerism: "That's a vagrant fliolation!"
  • The Stoic: Clyde barely expresses any emotion. One of the only noticeable moments where he loses his composure is when his prosthetic hand gets sucked as Jimmy reverses the aspiration system of the machine they're using for the heist.
  • Tattooed Crook: All of the Bang brothers sport tattoos. Joe's include a ticking bomb, a mermaid, a Christian cross and Knuckle Tattoos.
  • Thicker Than Water: Joe Bang insists on involving his brothers in the heist, in spite of the fact that they are morons and their loose tongues already cost Joe himself his stash.
  • Those Two Guys: Joe Bang's brothers fill this role, and are never seen without each other.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Clyde Logan loves fried bacon for breakfast. Jimmy cooks him some and that nice attention puts Clyde in a better mood to listen to the heist plan.
    • Joe Bang sure loves hard-boiled eggs with real salt.
  • Trojan Prisoner: Clyde deliberately rams his car into a gas station's shop, which sends him into the same prison as Joe Bang, to help him break out of it.
  • Underside Ride: The way Clyde and Joe escape from prison, using man-sized boxes they crafted at the prison's workshop and painted to match the undercarriage of the truck which is leaving the prison.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The unnamed racetrack employee who reported Jimmy's limp to HR, getting him fired and thus setting in motion the plot that got the track robbed of millions of dollars.
  • Visit by Divorced Dad: Jimmy is divorced from Bobbie Jo (Katie Holmes) and visits Sadie sometimes, the daughter who was born of their marriage. Bobbie Jo has full custody of her.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Max Chilblain is supposed to have a British accent, but Seth MacFarlane bounces it around so much that it settles as some sort of amalgamation between a southern and mockney accent, even wandering into Australian at times.
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