Just My Luck follows Ashley (Lohan), an incredibly lucky New Yorker who after a chance encounter with the perpetually unlucky Jake (Chris Pine), she learns the kiss she shared with him swapped their luck, messing up her life and making Jake's attempt to get music exec Phillips (Faizon Love) to sign the band McFly (Who provides the music for the film) successful.
Just My Luck's biggest problem is simply in it's premise. The premise is so flawed, that it falls apart on several different levels. First off, the fact that the writers expect us to enjoy watching a woman get everything she wants just because she's "lucky" doesn't fly. As one might imagine, seeing someone else's life be perfect with very little in the way of bad things happening is not fun. Still, the film tries to play off the fact that Lohan's perfect life "isn't all it seems to be", which is of course, complete BS, as nothing we are ever shown indicates that she's "missing out" on life. Lohan does however, do a surprisingly nice job with what she's givien, driving home how big a star she could have been, because in the end, what she's given is not much at all.
|It started out with a kiss...|
The luck itself also never really works quite right. The "good luck" includes impossible things, like rain instantly stopping when Lohan walks outside. The "bad luck" more often than not is just the characters acting inhumanly stupid in normal situations. Take for example, a scene in which Lohan blows the power of an entire street after she throws a flaming hairdryer into a bathtub filled with water. That's not bad luck. That's just stupid. Also, Pine's character never gets the full good luck Lohan's character seems to get. Sure, Pine gets a great job, signs his band with Phillips and sells out a concert, but that could just be attributed to him just doing his job well. He never wins the amount of contests Lohan does or find money just lying on the ground. The rules of the swap just never seem clearly defined.
|Her friends are also way too OK with how much her|
"good luck" screws them over