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Parents' Guide to

The Luck of the Irish

By Davis Ryan Cook, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Disney TV movie has mixed messages, stereotypes.

Movie NR 2001 86 minutes
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Hey, it is definitely very cheesy! It was made in early 2000s, by disney, so of course it is! But in a delightful way. And I actually disagree with the diversity score, the only reason I think it rates so low is because it is amidst so much other media that has a white protagonist male. But in this specific story, it makes sense -- the story is integral to his identity as a American who does not know his roots, specifically from Ireland. Unfortunately, they are right that there are a lot of stereotypes, especially about the Irish, but also, they have a lot of diversity and also talk about our heritage and respectful ways. I haven't watched it in years and I'm watching it right now, so I'll come back and update the movie review at the end :-)

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This 2001 coming-of-age adventure comedy is something of a contradiction. While The Luck of the Irish exhibits the charm expected from a Disney TV movie -- including unconditional friendship and the importance of moral reasoning -- it has an unavoidable rift at its center. While the characters constantly champion the importance of cultural diversity and the appreciation of one's heritage, the movie rests on several stereotypes that implicitly perpetuate the opposite of these ideas. The wildly cartoonish and stereotype-laden portrayal of Irish culture, in addition to the "Black best friend," and the "responsible and high-achieving first-generation American school girl," are all tiresome and lazy. These cliched portrayals are hard to miss, as is the irony of making a movie about cultural diversity in the U.S. as seen through a White lens.

A movie very much of its time, there's no doubting The Luck of the Irish's good intentions. The underlying messages about culture diversity and the idea that you don't need luck when you have the support of family and friends on your side are all admirable. It's just the way these positive themes are executed that is the problem.

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