'Just My Luck'
Ashley Albright (Lohan) is a young account exec at a prestigious PR firm who lives a charmed life: It's sunny wherever she goes, her lottery ticket always wins and when a the dry cleaner gives her
At a masquerade ball she's throwing for music mogul Damon Phillips (
Now Jake is on the fast track to success managing the British band McFly, while Ashley loses her job, apartment, clothes and optimism. Not knowing that they've met before, the two become friends, with Jake helping Ashley cope with her newfound bad luck. But Ashley has a plan: If she can figure out which of the masked dancers she kissed at the party, maybe a well-placed smooch will get her luck back.
There are several appropriately silly moments that will appeal to young girls, especially a sequence in which Ashley goes around town with her two pals (
While "Mean Girls" was the pinnacle of Lohan's teen movie success, "Just My Luck" doesn't give her clever lines or depth. Although she lacks the rubber-faced goofiness of her cohort
This is the second time that Pine ("Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement") has played a main love interest. Despite his good looks, he's not the typical movie hunk, which is probably why he works well as this quirky character. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Armstrong, who relies on her offbeat personality a bit too much and comes off as ditzy and annoying.
Another highly irritating aspect is the film's blatant marketing of the band McFly. The filmmakers aren't content to merely feature the band in a cameo as most WB-type shows do. Instead, the neo-punk Beatles ought to get fifth billing for their massive amount of screen time, lines and songs they're able to squeeze into a film that's supposed to spotlight Lohan. Even the band's real-life album is called "Just My Luck." It's the sort of packaging that you'd expect from a made for TV movie, not a studio film.