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Just My Luck
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PG-13 (for some brief sexual references)
Directed By
Donald Petrie
Run Time
1 hour 43 minutes
Lindsay Lohan, Chris Pine, Samaire Armstrong, Bree Turner
Theatre Release
May 12, 2006 by 20th Century Fox

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 ...

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