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Oh Lucy! Review (3 of 5 stars)

By Christina Nicole Oh Lucy! is mildly dark comedy and feature directorial debut from Atsuko Hirayanagi and it stars Shinobu Terajima and Josh Hartnett. It as all the hallmarks of an indie comedy: mostly muted warm tones, casual pace, no laugh out loud funny moments, has cameos from recognizable stars, and it takes place (at least in part) in southern California. Oh Lucy! is almost a drama, except it’s not dramatic at all. It’s like an Asian version of Will Ferrell’s Everything Must Go meets Hello My Name is Doris. Setsuko is a melancholic drone, just going through the motions when she gets a call from her 20-something niece asking her to take over her English lessons so she can get her money back. It is in the English class that Setsuko transforms into Lucy. John the English teacher, played by Josh Hartnett, has his students pick a random American name from a box and put on a wig that helps them shed their Japanese identity and immerse themselves in the American way. Lucy and John sha


As mentioned in the previous study of the Shunanem woman, the first mention in the Old Testament for the word rest is found in Genesis 2:2: "And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done." The Hebrew word for rest in this verse is shabath and means "to cease, desist, rest (from labor.) It is where we get the word Sabbath. Another Hebrew word translated as rest is sha'an and means "to lean on, trust in, support, to trust in God, lean, lie, rely, rest on, stay." This word is found in Genesis 18:4: "Please let a little water be brought and wash your feet and rest yourselves under the tree." This verse occurs after Abraham received the Covenant and was circumcised. I'm sure there are many lessons to be mined here, but for now, what I see is a pleasant picture this one verse depicts of rest: sitting in the shade of a tree after a journey, with a