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The Movie:

The third film in the Lindsay Lohan "duality trilogy" (see also "Freaky Friday" and "Parent Trap"), "Just My Luck" is a sitcom that somehow required 4 credited people working together to come up with the thin story. Lohan stars as Ashley Albright, a PR assistant whose lucky streak just keeps on going - the rain clears when she steps out of her apartment, scratch-off tickets are always winners and she manages to somehow get an incredible Manhattan apartment on her salary.

Meanwhile, Jake (Chris Pine) has absolutely no luck. He works in a bowling alley and tries to promote a struggling rock band, but not only does he not have much success at either, he also gets pooped on and has just about every other common everyday bit of badness happen to him. When Jake manages to get his way into the masquerade ball (to promote Masquerade records, get it?) hosted by Ashley in an attempt to get the band he's managing a record deal, he ends up kissing Ashley on the dance floor.

Instantly, her luck takes a turn for the worse and his takes a turn for the better. He manages to get the band's demo into the hands of the record exec (Faison Love) Ashley is trying to promote. She manages to get arrested, lose her apartment (due to a flood that looks like the sea is trying to come in), lose her job and more. Ashley realizes that she's swapped luck with Jake and tries desperately to search for him, but has no idea who he is or where he could be. Eventually, he finds her and the movie proceeds completely like you'd expect it would.

"Just My Luck" is certainly not the best material Lohan has been involved with - not only is it not a stretch from what she's done before, it's certainly not as clever or fresh as "Friday" and some of the things that the characters do here are not particularly bright (in one scene of her "bad luck", Ashley drops her contact lens into a cat litter box and then puts it right back into her eye.)

The real surprise here is Lohan, who, for the first time, really seems disinterested and gives little effort in the performance. Pine is similarly bland and makes little impression. Oddly, despite the fact that I didn't like either of their performances very much, they were rather appealing together. Her friends in the movie, played by Bree Turner and Samaire Armstrong ("The O.C.") are more interesting, as they somehow manage to patiently put up with her and seem more like normal people.

Overall, this wasn't a terrible movie, just a forgettable bit of fluff that really evaporated from my memory shortly after it was over.


VIDEO: "Just My Luck" is presented by Fox in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and 1.33:1 pan & scan. The anamorphic widescreen presentation was inconsistent, appearing a bit soft in some scenes and crisper in others. Colors looked slightly oversaturated and some minor artifacting occured, but no print flaws or edge enhancement were seen.

SOUND: "Just My Luck" is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. The film's sound mix is a perfectly standard comedy presentation, with minimal surround use. Audio quality is fine, with clear dialogue and no issues.

EXTRAS: The very brief "Look of Luck" featurette (3 minutes), 3 deleted scenes and featurette on McFly (the band playing the band in the movie.)

Final Thoughts: "Just My Luck" is predictable, goofy (the good and bad luck occurances for both characters aren't inspired and some of their actions are just not bright) and overall, pretty forgettable. The DVD edition offers average audio/video quality and a few minor extras. Lohan fans interested would be advised to rent first.

Film Grade
The Film C
DVD Grades
Video 86/B
Audio: 86/B
Extras: 70/C-

DVD Information

Just My Luck
Fox Home Entertainment
Dolby Digital 5.1
103 minutes
Subtitles: English
Rated PG-13
Dual Layer:Yes
Available At Amazon.com: Just My Luck DVD