Lots of Luck (1985)

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A middle-aged Annette Funicello stars in this made-for-Disney film about a blue-collar family whose lives are forever transformed when they win the lottery.

Film Overview
"Lots of Luck" is a television film directed by Peter Levin and premiered on Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color in 1985. The movie was initially released on January 6, 1985. It stars famous actors present in the 80s such as Annette Funicello, Martin Mull, Fred Willard, and Polly Holliday. The movie is basically a comedy-drama that focuses on the trials and adversities of the lead character, Frank Maris (played by Martin Mull), who gets an enormous ferryboat from a monthly swimming pool lotto.

Main Plot
The plot is centered around Frank Maris, who is a maintenance male at the regional school and constantly appears to discover himself in monetary difficulties. One day, his monetary issues seem to disappear when he wins a lottery swimming pool. His happiness turns to dismay when his profits exist to him not in cash, but in the kind of a ferry. The comical stress in the movie emerges from Frank's continuous hardships and has a hard time to make the most of his "reward", along with the continuous ups and downs along the way.

Key Events
Frank makes numerous attempts to cash in his lottery "prize". His efforts to offer it show unsuccessful, and his attempt to start a ferry company also stops working after a number of comedic mishaps, including the ferryboat grounding and obstructing the town's drawbridge. Among the essential minutes is when Frank's daughter Julie (played by Tracey Gold) takes her school's Home Economics class on a school trip on the ferryboat, which triggers more problems. In spite of the consistent difficulties, Frank maintains a confident outlook, supported by his partner Julie (played by Annette Funicello), who waits him through thick and thin.

Disputes occur as Frank's efforts to produce cash stop working, causing stress in household relationships. However by the end of the movie, there's a shift in Frank's perspective as he lastly recognizes the worthlessness of material wealth compared to the worth of household, love, and togetherness. He finds that genuine wealth lies in his happy family and friends' assistance, who wait him throughout his endeavors with the ferry.

After a tornado strikes the town, Frank's ferryboat in fact saves the day by offering shelter for the local citizens, which changes the local community's perception of Frank and his ferry. In the end, Frank decides to give up his mission for wealth and focuses more on his household's happiness.

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"Lots of Luck" as a TV motion picture is a light-hearted comedy with a twist. Though the plot centers around the surprising yet difficult lotto win, its main emphasis is on household worths, love, and the significance of unity in hard times. The mix of humor in aggravating scenarios makes "Lots of Luck" an entertaining and pleasurable watch.

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