Review: Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

Nancy (Emma Thompson) is a 55 year old widow who's never had an orgasm, or any sexual adventure at all, really. She hires a sex worker, Leo Grande (Daryl McCormack) to fulfill those fantasies.

I was surprised to learn this wasn't adapted from a play, because it feels like it could be one. It's shot mostly in one location with just the two principal actors. A film like this lives and dies with its leads' chemistry and thankfully Thompson and McCormack have plenty. 

Nancy cannot relax in a situation where she's not in complete control. Leo is very accommodating and insistent that he's not being taken advantage of. One of Nancy's biggest hurdles is sex work in general. She stereotypes Leo at first, assuming he's from a broken home, even though he's a very well put together young man. They have a discussion about sex work being legal and regulated to be safer which I thought was a nice touch.

While the film is only 90 minutes or so, it can drag at parts. Partly due to anticipation, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I had read some more negative reviews of this before watching so I had set my expectations low and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this.

So is this for you? If you're a fan of Emma Thompson, this is a must see for you. Daryl McCormack is someone I'm definitely going to have my eye on from here on out.

Grade: B


  1. wow. i don't think i've seen a negative review yet. i actually think it's pretty great. i think the very intriguing dialogue actually moves the movie along

    1. I saw nothing but raves at Sundance but in the week before I watched I started to see some negative ones. I'm glad I walked away really liking it too.

  2. I do want to see this. Personally, I find Emma Thompson to be quite attractive and I would like to be her sex slave. BTW, did you see what happened to Jodie Sweetin aka Stephanie Tanner? HOW RUDE!!!!!

    1. lol well this is definitely the movie for you! I saw what happened to Sweetin. Imagine needing all that tactical gear to shove Stephanie from Full House. Cringe.

  3. This sounds interesting plus I love Emma. I'm not sure I want to see her face when she does have an orgasm. I may pass on that

    1. lol, that actually happens off screen! It's quite lovely, I hope you watch it.


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