JUST MY LUCK
Just My Luck is a film that only leaves you thinking what an inanely silly and frivolous premise for a film it is. It is not that the idea of a film about luck doesnt have interesting possibilities see works like the short-lived tv series Strange Luck (1995), or films like The Cooler (2003), Woody Allens Match Point (2005) and especially the Spanish thriller Intacto (2001). Indeed, fate and luck have even been used as the basis for a romantic comedy before in Serendipity (2001), which is a much better film than this. However, Just My Luck lacks even a fully developed premise just the notion that Lindsay Lohan has amazing good luck, Chris Pine has very bad luck and then both of them swap lucks and that is about it. It feels like a one-joke premise and certainly one that is never explored beyond the boundaries of the films exceedingly lightweight romantic comedy premise. You keep wanting to ask more substantial questions like why is it that luck/fate seems to favour people like Lindsay Lohan and dumps upon others like Chris Pine? Why is it that luck can be transferred by a kiss? Or even in that Lohan has never experienced the problem of losing her luck before, does that mean that she is virginal and unkissed? The tv series Strange Luck also featured a hero who had remarkable luck but managed to turn each episode into something clever in the unveiling of its plot twists. All Just My Luck does is to make a comedy based around peoples misfortunes.
Just My Luck is directed by Donald Petrie, who has made various comedies like Grumpy Old Men (1993), The Associate (1996) and Welcome to Mooseport (2004) and in recent years has specialised in light romantic/comedic Chick Flicks such as The Favor (1994), Miss Congeniality (2000), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) and My Life in Ruins (2009). Petrie has made a couple of unmemorable genre outings before with the comic-strip adaptation Richie Rich (1994) and the big screen remake of tvs My Favorite Martian (1999). None of these amount to anything memorable.
In Just My Luck, Donald Petrie construes most of the film around some incredibly inane slapstick sequences a scene at the start with Chris Pine racing after record exec Faizon Love but tripping up, being splashed by passing cars, picking up a five dollar bill covered in dog shit, and then tripping over a jogger and being mistaken for a rapist; or others with Lindsay Lohan rushing around New York City having to kiss various guys to get her luck back; and a series of montages about her bad luck disasters at the bowling alley. As this kind of humour grinds on and on in a painfully unfunny way, you keep squirming in your seat and watching Lindsay Lohans career being visibly flushed down the toilet. It is also near impossible from watching the film to think that Chris Pine, giving the embarrassing performance he does here, would go onto take on prominent roles like Captain Kirk in Star Trek (2009).
Oblivious to the disaster happening around her, Lindsay Lohan seems to regard much of Just My Luck as being conducted as an exercise in her own adulation. Rather than thinking you are looking at a character who seems unconsciously assuming of a life of privilege due to remarkable good luck, you feel like you are watching a glib, spoiled individual who regards such a world of privilege as her natural due. Indeed, the only virtue that Just My Luck might have is for the Lindsay Lohan haters is seeing her undergoing a series of ritual humiliations during the middle of the film falling over, being splattered, electrocuted and so on. Although in a film like this, and especially one starring a diva like Lindsay Lohan, you know that poverty and misfortune are no more than passing plot points that exist solely for a laugh and are at most a temporary misfortune that she must win her way out of, rather than an examination of the way some people really live.
There is also a cynicism undermining Just My Luck in that much of the film appears to have been conducted as an infomercial for British boy band McFly who appear throughout as themselves the end credits even announce The new McFly album Just My Luck available now.
(Winner in this sites Worst Films of 2006 list).