More often than not the new movies just don’t appeal to me. This is why sometimes I either watch something someone else wants to see, or re-watch the oldies that everyone now scoffs at. This is what happened when re-watching Just My Luck, a romantic comedy from 2006 that’s bigger on the latter than former genre.
Just my Luck (2006) Film Review
Life and luck walks in sync for young professional Ashley Albright (Lindsay Lohan). She has the job, the wardrobe, the best friends and even the right kind of guys falling at her feet. Life looks bright. Things go her way more when, as her boss (Missi Pyle) is locked in an elevator, it’s up to Ashley to pitch ideas to their client. Turns out he loves them, and Ashley is in charge of pulling off an elaborate bash that determines her next career advancements.
A walking disaster is the life of Jake Hardin (Chris Pine). Despite having the best of intentions and trying to look for the best, while preparing for each eventuality, Jake cannot catch a break. Right now he’s trying his hardest to get a demo from a band he wants to promote into the hands of a record producer. But things go array when instead he is arrested and opportunity slips through his fingers. The fates intervene and when Jake picks up some luck, Ashley finds her life suddenly a disaster.
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You know those movies that you used to watch and really aren’t that good, but you still love them? This is true of Just my Luck. The film isn’t up to its best potential even with a popular rom-com director (Donald Petrie), and yet, I’m still here this kind of romance movie. The film is more about comedy than heavy romance since the leads spend less screen time together. But speaking of the characters, part of the charm is the recognizable cast.
Additionally we see a young McKenzie Vega, Bree Turner (Grimm) and the really funny, and now openly more conservative actor Samaire Armstrong. Of course, we all also recognize Chris Pine and Lindsay Lohan, who gained fame in Disney’s The Parent Trap. I like Lohan fine in this role, however honestly, I don’t think she’s quite right for the role nor does she play the role the best. Maybe she’s just not the best actress and it’s just been so long since I watched her movies, I forgot. Either way, I still thoroughly enjoyed this and you know, I’ll be watching her Netflix rom-com.
If you’re looking for something cute and light, and dripping in nostalgia, you may find all of this in Just My Luck.
You can find Just My Luck digitally on Amazon Video; or at publication with Hulu.
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Content: there’s very little of concern in this one. There’s girl talk about kissing and innuendo asking if they “did it” or whether someone is a gentleman. We learn one character is a male escort and see he and someone making out, passionately in an alcove (they remove some clothing, but we see little). There may be some minor profanity or crude joke. The film is PG-13.
Photos: New Regency Productions / 20th Century Fox