Lucky Fish (2022) – Review/ Summary (with Spoilers)

Maggie (Lukita Maxwell) talking to Celine in the bathroom

“Lucky Fish” gives you the kind of cute moment between two people that can bring on happy tears.


“Lucky Fish” gives you the kind of cute moment between two people that can bring on happy tears.

Director(s) Emily May Jampel
Screenplay By Emily May Jampel
Based On N/A
Date Released (Film Festival – Newfest) 10/13/2022
Genre(s) Romance, Young Adult, LGBT+
Duration 8 Minutes
Content Rating Not Rated
Noted Cast
Maggie Lukita Maxwell
Celine Anna Mikami

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Film Summary

Both Maggie and Celine are having dinner with their families, who are talking about topics that aren’t at the forefront of their minds, like boyfriends and school. So when the two end up talking in the bathroom and hanging out upstairs in the restaurant, it is a welcome reprieve and potentially the start of a relationship with someone who gets it.

Things To Note

Why Is “Lucky Fish” Rated Not Rated

  • Dialog: Nothing to note
  • Violence: Nothing to note
  • Sexual Content: Nothing to note
  • Miscellaneous: Nothing to note

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. So, were numbers or anything exchanged?

Collected Quote(s)

I’d rather be selfish than miserable.
— Celine

Character Descriptions

Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.

Maggie

While Maggie seemingly isn’t out, her little sister may know what’s up, and Maggie’s wandering eyes can give her away. But, with coming from an Asian American family, all Maggie really wants is someone who gets it or gives her permission to be more than what her mother desires her to be.

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Celine

Celine (Anna Mikami) talking to Maggie in the bathroom
“Celine (Anna Mikami) talking to Maggie in the bathroom,” Lucky Fish, directed by Emily May Jampel, 2022, (NewFest)

The Chinese and Japanese Celine catches Maggie’s glances and makes her approach, which could be life-changing for Maggie. And while Celine isn’t putting a middle finger up to the system and her family’s culture, she is at least willing to put herself first.

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Review

Our Rating: Positive (Worth Seeing)

Highlights

While Ideal, It Is Nevertheless Cute

Wouldn’t we all love to see someone across the room, leave our friends or family, and then they pop up and not only give us small talk but try to initiate real conversation? It’s a dream, and it is lovely to see Maggie and Celine have it come true. Especially since you can see some notable differences between the two, like Maggie being more geared towards collectivism and Celine perhaps more about the individual, and how these two could learn from one another.

On top of that, while Celine isn’t presented to be out, proud, and bold about it, you can see that Maggie and she create a safe space for one another in the few minutes they are together. They can talk about being Asian, and some of the peculiarities they find about it. Also, in the space for the intimacy they create, feelings can be explored. For it isn’t clear how either identifies, but you can tell both were willing to consent to explore what they could be to one another.

Now, sadly, we don’t see numbers exchanged or anything like that, but you are left with the kind of hope that, even if this short isn’t expanded on, Maggie and Celine could have become more later on.


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