Just My Luck
Poor Lindsay Lohan. Once one of the more promising teenaged movie stars, she has since begun to talk openly of her desire for more grown-up roles, but the powers that be have been slow to give her that opportunity—so she has had to make do with rather lame "transitional" movies. The publicity materials for Just My Luck claim that Ashley Albright, the protagonist of this film, is Lohan's first "adult" character—but that may depend on how one defines the word. On the one hand, I don't think Lohan's character was still going to high school, exactly, in last year's Herbie: Fully Loaded. On the other hand, while Ashley and her friends in Just My Luck may have jobs and apartments in New York City, they still behave like adolescents.
To make things worse, Just My Luck is a formulaic romantic comedy saddled with a really dumb gimmick. Apparently, while most people go through life experiencing good luck and bad luck alike, some people are born into this world with a strong case of just one or the other. Ashley is one of the good-luck people: rain showers turn to sunshine when she steps outside, money turns up in the street when she steps off the curb, taxis and elevators show up exactly when she needs them, and her boss at a public relations firm, Peggy Braden (Missi Pyle), promotes her to the company's highest ranks even though she acts like little more than a glorified intern.
Ashley takes all this good fortune in her stride, but her friends sense something unusual, and they even go so far as to "test" their theory that Ashley is always lucky; they buy a scratch-and-win card, pass it to Ashley, and tell her to scratch it—and sure enough, she wins. It's a wonder they don't all head to a casino.
And then there are the unlucky people, of whom we meet two. The main one is Jake Hardin (Chris Pine, The Princess Diaries 2), whose morning, the first time we see him, is a series of frustrations and embarrassments. Jake manages a British rock 'n' roll band, and he wants to get their CD into the hands of music mogul Damon Phillips (Faizon Love), so he stalks the man as Damon takes his dog for a walk through the park. And along the way, Jake's pants rip when he bends over, he gets dog poop on his hand, a woman runs right into him when he tries to wash his hands in a pool, and then when his pants fall down she beats him up and calls for the police, who promptly take him down to the station. Are we laughing yet?
The only person who sympathizes with Jake is his neighbor Katy (Makenzie Vega, younger sister of Spy Kids' Alexa Vega), a girl who has her own share of bad luck. We don't see too much of her, but we see enough to understand that she, too, is a "loser," in Jake's words, and that this is why she and Jake get along so well.
Inevitably, Ashley and Jake meet. Ashley is put in charge of a masquerade party for Damon's record company, and Jake ends up crashing the party in yet another attempt to get his CD into Damon's hands. Somehow, Ashley and Jake end up on the dance floor together, and even though neither one has a clue who the other person is—and even though Ashley has just started seeing some other guy—they kiss. And then, suddenly, he's got all the good luck and she's got all the bad.