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Just My Luck

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Uneven Lindsay Lohan comedy; older tweens and up.
  • Review Date: August 20, 2006
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 103 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Frequent gross-out humor, especially poop jokes. Characters lie and cheat.

Violence

Assorted pratfalls and spills by "unlucky" characters; when Jake falls on her and his pants accidentally fall down, a woman kicks Jake in his crotch.

Sex

Kisses between primary couple; one character is revealed to be a professional escort (and Ashley is arrested for pimping); some soundtrack music includes sexual allusions (including "Goodies," by Ciara).

Language

A couple of uses of "s--t out of luck" (abbreviated to "SOL"); "s--t," "kick-ass song," "damn it," "bullocks," plus obnoxious language ("sucking up," "crap, "that sucks"); joke horoscope ("Your mood is in Uranus").

Consumerism

Entire film advertises real-life band McFly (here playing themselves); characters drop brand names, like Dolce (& Gabbana), Bergdorf's.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinks at party, reference to vodka, visible bar in upscale apartment provided to lucky boy.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes a number of poop jokes. Lots of silly slapstick: The heroine falls into art (a pile of mud), falls off a ladder, and the hero is hit by a cab. Several characters are ruthlessly selfish and snobbish, and they lie and cheat one another. Women wear close-fitting, sometimes ridiculous outfits. A gypsy fortune teller is troublingly stereotypical. Characters drink, sometimes to drunkenness.

What's the story?

PR assistant Ashley (Lindsay Lohan) is very lucky. She gets a date with a wealthy, vacant pretty boy, David (Chris Carmack) and lands a super-important account within minutes. Assigned to organize a party for Damon Phillips' (Faizon Love) hot new record label, seems in her element until. Enter Jake (Chris Pine), who has nothing but bad luck. Jake sneaks into the dance party (wearing a mask), kisses Ashley, and steals her luck. From then on, while Jake gets his contract, a new apartment, new clothes and contact lenses, Ashley is beset by bad luck: Her high heel breaks, her apartment floods, she's arrested for pimping, and she blithely pops in a contact lens after retrieving it from a kitty litter box (ewww), leading directly to an infected eye and an eye patch. After a gypsy fortune teller (Tovah Feldshuh) explains the switch, Ashley and her best friends, Maggie (Samaire Armstrong) and Dana (Bree Turner), look for the masked man, in hopes of stealing her luck back.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Trying too hard to be perky, JUST MY LUCK becomes increasingly bogged down in clichés. Wouldn't you know, Ashley loses her job and apartment and ends up working at the bowling alley where Jake used to work: for no good reason, they fall in love, and then she must decide whether to take back her luck or let him go on having a great life. That these seem the only options makes the movie seem unimaginative, as do the "comic" set pieces: Ashley falling off a ladder, Ashley gagging on someone's used gum, Ashley battling an over-sudsing washing machine, etc.

Ashley eventually makes a right choice and at last the movie can end. The greatest mystery of Just My Luck is that it so badly uses Lohan, who can be terrifically charismatic and, as she was with Jamie Lee Curtis in Freaky Friday, prone to smart comic timing. This movie evinces little of that, only puts her in one silly situation after another.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the concept of luck: Is it a function of chance or fate? How does it affect hope and ambition? How does the gypsy fortune teller both legitimize and make ridiculous the premise of luck (or fate, as these might be related)?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 12, 2006
DVD release date:August 22, 2006
Cast:Chris Pine, Lindsay Lohan, Samaire Armstrong
Director:Donald Petrie
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Comedy
Run time:103 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:some brief sexual references

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

this movie is ok

this movie is ok but, not the best movie lindsey lohan has been in but, i did like it. i saw it twice, its a good movie. i thinck it is apropreate for ages 10 and up.
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