Just My Luck Movie Review
The second Lindsay Lohan I've reviewed today (the first being "A Prairie Home Companion"), "Just My Luck" certainly doesn't compare, but, since this one stars Lohan and the other one only featured her in a small role, I guess you can't expect too much this time around. "Just My Luck," about a super-lucky girl who suddenly finds herself in a bad way, is surprisingly entertaining, if not incredibly stupid at the same time.
Lohan stars as Ashley Albright, a New Yorker who has a great job, a wonderful apartment and just about everything else that's terrific (although strangely she has no man in her life, which I guess could be considered lucky or unlucky depending on your perspective). Ashley has always been incredibly lucky in every way or form - that is until she has a magical kiss with Jake (Chris Pine), the unluckiest man on the planet. Suddenly, she finds that nothing goes her way - she loses her job, gets arrested and her apartment is destroyed - while Jake suddenly discovers that his career as a music manager, and everything else, is finally going his way. Ultimately, you know the two will end up together, but who will end up with the good luck?
Despite all of her shortcomings in the last couple of years, I've actually been a fan of Lohan to some extent, at least in her career choices. She first got on the board with "The Parent Trap," which was okay, but since has found success in the surprisingly good remake of "A Freaky Friday," the okay "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen," and, one of my favorite comedies, "Mean Girls." And then she did "Herbie Fully Loaded," and the honeymoon was over with. Lohan perhaps realized that this film wasn't going to be anything more than a mindless jolt of entertainment, and she treats it as such. She isn't incredible here, and Pine certainly isn't either, but they get the job done as best they can.
The biggest problem with "Just My Luck" is that it overdoes things a little bit. And by a little bit I mean a lot. The bad luck is pretty severe to the point where it's just cheesy, and thus is a disconnect with the audience. Are we watching a goofy kid's movie, a romantic comedy, or what? It's hard to tell at times.
At the same time, the movie succeeds in having fun and not worrying about what everyone will think. Some of the scenarios the characters get into are pretty funny, no matter how ridiculous the situations are. At the very least, this film is a guilty pleasure.
"Just My Luck" doesn't work all the time and it certainly could have been better, but it has enough funny moments to be entertaining. I hate to admit it, but I actually sort of liked "Just My Luck," even if it is pretty bad.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.