Just My Luck - Review
Review by Jack Foley
LINDSAY Lohan used to be something of a lucky charm when it came to sweet-natured teenage comedies but her fortunes change dramatically in this poorly conceived star vehicle.
Adopting a similar life-swap device to Freaky Friday, the film follows the fortunes of Lohan’s ultra-lucky (and ultra smug) Ashley as she crosses fortunes with good-looking loser Jake (Chris Pine) after kissing him during a chance encounter.
Hence, Jake’s fortunes rapidly change for the better and help him to promote a new ‘rock’ group in America (played by Britain’s very own McFly), while everything that was rosy in Ashley’s life turns to …. (You get the picture).
The biggest problem with Donald Petrie’s film is its complete lack of originality – everything feels stale from the supposedly comic situations to its obvious path towards a mutually happy ending.
The concept of luck itself is not properly explored either, having been pushed aside in favour of silly wish fulfilment fantasies such as Lohan having to kiss every good looking boy she finds in order to try and reverse the curse.
Had the film offered a little more depth to any of its characters, it may have held the attention a little more. But as things stand, the lucky Ashley is extremely annoying (especially in her refusal to believe she is blessed with good fortune), while the unlucky version is simply an accident constantly waiting to happen.
The same can be said for Rob Lowe look-alike Pine, whose fortunes are reversed to similar extremes – albeit much more likeably when things are going well. Alas, this also means more of the excruciating McFly, whose presence in the film exists purely to boost the band’s US exposure as well as provide their UK followers with a wafer-thin excuse to see them on the big screen.
In marketing terms, this may help to ensure the film’s box office appeal but it doesn’t make for a good movie and merely serves to expose its flaws all the more ruthlessly.
The result is a film that’s more of an unlucky experience for anyone who pays to see it.
Running time: 103 minutes