Just My Luck Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
Is there a finite amount of luck in this world? Can it be stolen away in a kiss? If you answered “yes” to those two questions, there’s a good chance you’ll find Just My Luck a pleasure to view—especially if you are an admirer of Lindsay Lohan. For everyone else, consider this query as an opportunity to bail out of seeing a movie that may make for a long sit.
The setup is straight simple. Lohan’s character, Ashley Albright, is a publicist for a music producer. However, her personal life provides her with an amazing bonus—unbelievable good luck. Whether it’s a string of green lights on the way to work or coming out of a tough meeting smelling like a rose, this girl can’t do anything wrong… until she meets Jake (Chris Pine).
An impulsive smooch with a man she believes to be one of the dancers she’s hired for a big company masquerade party, leaves the girl suddenly floundering in a wave of cursed trouble. It begins with breaking the heel of her shoe, and ends with being arrested after unwittingly setting her boss up with a male prostitute. Seeking the advice of a Tarot card reader, who had earlier warned her of impending doom, she’s told the only way of retrieving her windfall lifestyle is to find the masked man who kissed her, and then kiss him back. Armed with a portfolio of headshots of all the entertainers that performed at the bash and the support of some girlfriends, Albright hits the streets of Manhattan with her lips puckered.
The problem is Jake isn’t really a dancer. Instead, he’s a down-on-his-luck music promoter who cheated his way into the event with the sole purpose of meeting a big-time music producer. For reasons unknown to him, ever since that night his luck has reversed. Now it seems he can’t do anything wrong. Repping an unheard of band called McFly (a very popular group in reality), Jake suddenly sees fortune on the horizon.
Of course destiny dictates these two will need to meet again, but it’s uncertain which of them will end up with the basketful of blessed providence. This unknown is one of the few secrets the movie holds.
Although the premise is cute, the story plays out at in an immature manner, more suitable for a ten-year-old. Yet parents of the ‘tween and teen crowd may have some reservations about the script’s inclusion of occasional mild and moderate profanities, as well as sexual content. The later features an implied sexual encounter between an unmarried couple, two women about to kiss while a man cheers them on, some other innuendo and lots of Lohan’s cleavage. Consequently, this supposedly serendipitous tale suffers the unlucky fate of being too young for adults and too old for children.
Starring Lindsay Lohan, Chris Pine. Running time: 103 minutes. Theatrical release May 11, 2006. Updated April 27, 2009
Just My Luck
Rating & Content Info
Why is Just My Luck rated PG-13? Just My Luck is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for some brief sexual references.
This lighthearted movie, which is played for laughs, presents its greatest content concerns in the areas of language and sensuality. A handful of moderate scatological profanities are heard, along with a few minor terms, including references to deity. Women are shown in low-cut dresses throughout and in underwear in one scene. At a large party, a silhouetted man and woman are depicted in the early moments of sexual relations and it is later discovered the man is a prostitute. Violence is limited to slapstick situations involving bad luck. Parents should also note the theme of the film depends on the belief of luck and fate. Advice is sought from a Tarot card reader and from horoscopes.
Page last updated April 27, 2009
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Just My Luck Parents' Guide
This film presents luck as being something you either have or don’t have, and implies that destiny is a matter of fate. How do you feel about this? Do you think we have any control over the outcomes of our lives, or are we simply in the hands of fate? What is the danger in believing there is no method by which we can control our destiny? What is the risk of believing we can do everything on our own?
The most recent home video release of Just My Luck movie is August 22, 2006. Here are some details…
If you are a Lohan fan, then you are in luck with this DVD release. Presented in both wide and full screen, the double-sided disc also offers some deleted/extended scenes, a look at the band McFly and a featurette titled The Look of Luck. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby 5.1 Surround), French (Dolby Surround) and Spanish (Dolby Surround), with subtitles in English and Spanish.
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In the movie On the Line, a young man searches the city of Chicago trying to find a beautiful stranger he happened to meet on the L-train. A lonely bachelor named Marty decides to take control of his own destiny after fate introduces him to a young woman who is equally lonely.