A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Frequent gross-out humor, especially poop jokes. Characters lie and cheat.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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).
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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").
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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