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Overall Rating

Awesome: 2.27%
Worth A Look: 9.09%
Average: 9.09%
Pretty Bad: 2.27%
Total Crap77.27%

4 reviews, 20 user ratings

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Just My Luck
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by William Goss

"Pure Dumb Luck"
1 stars

She’s the luckiest girl in town. He’s the most hapless guy around. They lock lips and swap fortunes. This seemingly ripe comedic premise gets beyond botched in the tremendously inept hands of five writers, director Donald Petrie and star Lindsay Lohan, resulting in 'Just My Luck,' and trust me when I say that this SOB is SOL.

Lohan has proven herself comically capable in the past with her performances in Mean Girls and Freaky Friday, and Petrie even managed to make the first Miss Congeniality tolerable (then again, that may very well be a fluke, considering how merciful he failed to be with Welcome to Mooseport and How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days). Nonetheless, there is a full half hour of exposition before that fateful kiss, as Ashley Albright (Lohan) trots around Manhattan, with friends in tow who constantly balk and talk about her immensely fortunate life. Meanwhile, Jake Hardin (Chris Pine) wanders around from one adversity right into another, conveniently taking the time to plug Brit pop band McFly every chance he gets. He ends up at her masquerade ball for a music executive, and after the strangers smooch, Jake lands a contract for the band and a cushy lifestyle while Ashley soon loses her job and dignity in the face of misfortune.

However, the majority of the mishaps turn out to be not so much matters of luck as they are situations of sheer stupidity. When a hair dryer goes on the fritz, Ashley tosses it directly into a filled tub. When a contact lens lands in a litter box, she doesn’t hesitate to pick it right back up and infect her eye. When a distracted Ashley pours an obscene amount of detergent into a washer (as if that ever gets old), she goes right ahead and starts it, somehow failing to locate the power button and thus slipping and sliding all over the floor. Har-dee-har-har. The film continues with a mess of limp best-/worst-case scenarios being suffered by the few, the proud, the photogenic, frequently employing animal feces and a double standard that makes male abuse allegedly amusing and acceptable in contrast with the woeful woman and her luckless life. However, it only seems appropriate that gags designed to elicit pity only result in an overall movie that is downright pitiful.

And so it continues, a film less concerned with the consequences of kissing twenty strangers throughout New York City and more concerned about McFly’s climactic concert at the Hard Rock Café. When Ashley whines that she is an Anti-Midas (everything she touches turns to crap), one begins to wonder when Lohan decided that method acting was the way to go as she behaves with genuine disinterest and not an ounce of her previous tact or talent. Her character is never sympathetic, only pathetic as she stumbles around in blissful ignorance and never bothers to become a better person by the end. Petrie feels obligated to go so far as to provide flashbacks for misfortune that took place not ten minutes prior, otherwise filming Manhattan as only millions of other movies have before. Only Pine manages to coast by on his natural charisma, sitting pretty even when feeling shitty with a manner that may only seem effortless in comparison to his colleagues.

Want a luck-driven film that is certainly more competent and creative, if not inadvertently funnier, than this? Try 'Intacto' or 'The Cooler.' As for this case, when Ashley claims that she breaks everything she touches, one can only cross their fingers and hope that her hands might find their way to the camera. Alas, no such luck.

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User Comments

5/12/16 David Hollingsworth Not by a long shot. 1 stars
11/03/08 Shaun Wallner Was'nt all that great! 1 stars
2/28/07 Beau Lindsay lohans talent has been wasted in this pathetic excuse for a movie!!! 1 stars
11/05/06 vira it's a very funny movie!! 4 stars
10/13/06 Ryan_A So much of the promise of Mean Girls...wasted. Hope it's worth it, LL. And McFly sucks. 1 stars
9/13/06 veronique It's pretty funny if you like this kind of movies 4 stars
9/13/06 Jorge Coronilla The only good thing was Lindsay's hot ass. 3 stars
9/02/06 •♥Bre♥• It wasn't bad.. she needs to work on acting skills though, also Need song names from party 4 stars
7/10/06 disappointed Lindsay Lohan fan Yep, Lindsay Lohan HAS acting potential. Too bad she thinks her shit don't stink! 3 stars
7/07/06 inty FUCK NO 1 stars
7/05/06 Millie Maelstrom Compact lens?? Wonder if the soundtrack on contact disc is any good? 5 stars
7/04/06 Cheryl Mayfield Not superb, but seeing Lindsay Lohan retrieve her compact lens from cat poo was worth it. 3 stars
6/30/06 Kayla Farnsworth Lindsay Lohan still fun to watch, even if she's turned into a biotch skank slut. 4 stars
6/25/06 Munich Scum Gotta agree with above. She needs to be beaten to death!!!!!! 1 stars
5/19/06 Staci I ususally like Lindsay Lohan, but she can leave this dog off her resume. 1 stars
5/18/06 michael seen better but maybe worth renting? 3 stars
5/17/06 Sean D Lindsay Lohan needs to be beaten worse than Sharon Tate. That will stop her acting! 1 stars
5/15/06 Joyce Hyser's Breasts Lindsay Lohan is an ugly crack whore who can't act. 1 stars
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  12-May-2006 (PG-13)
  DVD: 22-Aug-2006



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