Just My Luck

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +1

Content: -2

Lindsay Lohan, Chris Pine, Faizon Love, Missi Pyle, Samaire Armstrong, and McFly. Romantic comedy. Written by I. Marlene King and Amy B. Harris. Director: Donald Petrie.

Lindsay Lohan plays Ashley, a young professional just out of college. She also happens to be the luckiest woman in the world, who has lived a super-charmed life and has always taken her good luck for granted. When she kisses a handsome stranger (played by Chris Pine) at a costume party, Ashley accidentally swaps her good fortune for his horribly bad luck, and her charmed life turns into a living hell.

Its a good concept and Ms. Lohan shows promise as a comedian, but the constant slapstick bad luck situations became predictable, then tedious. At one point the unfortunate lead dumps her tattered metal-exposed umbrella into a garbage can. I pointed at the screen and made a zapping sound. Sure enough, the next moment lightening hit the umbrella. A colleague laughed for she was anticipating the same sight gag.

In a recent issue of Premiere magazine Lindsey is quoted: The character, shes very Lucille Ball. Now, the young actress wasnt comparing herself to Lucy (at least I hope shes not that delusional); she was just saying her daffy character responds in the same manner to daffy situations as Lucy always did. Of course, Ms. Lohan may someday become as skillful with humorous antics as Lucille Ball. It just hasnt happened, yet.

Lindsey is looking for the grownup roles and this is supposed to be her entry into the genre of romantic comedy. Unfortunately, the script is lighter than air, the cardboard characters less than charismatic and the direction sluggish. Just her luck.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

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Crude Language: Poop jokes; the first sight gag has a man picking up his dogs doo-doo with a $5 dollar bill, then the unlucky male lead picking up the dirty money. Later, the unlucky female lead drops her contact lens in a cat box.

Obscene Language: 5 s-words, 2 other harsh words

Profanity: The expression oh my god is used at least 10 times. This was the only inappropriate language I caught from the female lead.

Violence: Slapstick pratfalls abound, and with her newly found bad luck, the unlucky lead spends a night in jail, getting a black eye from a fellow inmate; the writers thought this was so hilarious that the situation is repeated later; a man is hit by a cab this is played for laughs and he isnt injured. Blood: None.

Sex: Just kissing. The premise has the lead kissing a man shes just met while dancing in a club. The lead is seen in her underwear in one brief scene.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Young women discuss the male of the species, but nothing graphic or lewd.

Drugs: Some people are seen in a club drinking.

Other: None

Running Time: 110 minutes
Intended Audience: Preteens, teens and young adults

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