Just My Luck (2006 film)

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Just My Luck
Justmyluck.jpg
Official poster
Directed by Donald Petrie
Produced by Arnon Milchan
Arnold Rifkin
Donald Petrie
Written by I. Marlene King
Amy B. Harris
Jonathan Bernstein
James Greer
Starring Lindsay Lohan
Chris Pine
Faizon Love
Missi Pyle
McFly
Music by Teddy Castellucci
Cinematography Dean Semler
Editing by Debra Neil-Fisher
Studio Regency Enterprises
Cheyenne Enterprises
Silvercup Studios
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • May 12, 2006 (2006-05-12)
Running time 108 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $28 million
Box office $38,077,373

Just My Luck is a 2006 American romantic comedy film directed by Donald Petrie and written by I. Marlene King and Amy B. Harris. The film stars Lindsay Lohan and Chris Pine as the main characters. Lohan stars as Ashley, the luckiest girl in Manhattan, New York. She loses her luck after kissing Jake, portrayed by Pine, at a masquerade bash.[1]

The film features supporting roles by Samaire Armstrong, Faizon Love, Missi Pyle, and McFly, the English band whom Jake discovers in the film and tries to help by finding them a producer.

At 19 years old, Lohan earned $7.5 million for doing the film.

Plot[edit]

The film follows the life of lucky and popular Ashley Albright (Lindsay Lohan) who has an extremely fortunate life and is always experiencing remarkable strokes of luck in contrast to Jake Hardin (Chris Pine), manager of McFly, who is followed by bad luck wherever he goes.

Persistent in her efforts to hold onto a client, Ashley manages to sell Damon Phillips (Faizon Love) on the idea of a masquerade party. When Ashley's boss, Peggy, learns of the plan, she is, to Ashley's surprise, impressed with the idea, leaving her with the task of organizing the party independently. Jake, hearing of the party and of the number of possible sponsors who could be there, hatches a plan to attend, in order to meet a very famous man (Phillips) who could publicise his band. He poses as a dancer for the masquerade party and gains entry.

During the party, Ashley is confronted by a fortune teller who warns her she will soon be struck by bad luck. As Jake wanders around the party, he is taken with Ashley's beauty and asks her to join him in a dance, during which they kiss. Neither can see the other's face, as they are both wearing masks. During the kiss, their luck is switched: Jake gets Ashley's good luck and Ashley gets Jake's bad luck. Jake spots Phillips and saves him from a taxi cab that nearly hit him. As a way of thanking him, Phillips, who is in charge of a major record company, signs up McFly. Meanwhile, Ashley's bad luck kicks in and she goes to jail (the guy she set her boss up with for the party turns out to be a prostitute).

Desperate to regain her luck, Ashley revisits the fortune teller, who explains that, in order for her life to return to what it was before, she must again kiss the person she kissed at the party. Ashley begins hunting down all the dancers from the company who had supplied the dancers at the party. While on her search, Ashley tries to get some food from a cafe but is rejected because she doesn't have enough money. She creates mass chaos (due to bad luck) and makes a mad dash out of the cafe with the help of Jake, who offers Ashley his previous job as a janitor/food delivery person at the bowling alley. Ashley, desperate for a job, accepts immediately.

Later, Jake takes Ashley to the place where McFly is practising. She discovers that Jake is the one who has stolen her luck. Seizing her chance, she kisses him, whereupon he gets his bad luck back; Ashley's luck has returned. That night, she thinks hard about her life and about how Jake had put his (her) good fortune to use. She decides that her life was more enjoyable without luck and goes to Jake's first concert for McFly, during which things aren't running smoothly.

Ashley kisses Jake, given luck again, and the concert is saved. Ashley decides to end contact with Jake, as she doesn't want their luck to be switched again; she believes Jake put the good luck to better use than she ever did. She goes to the railway station, where Jake finds her and tries to convince her that she was all he wanted since the party. They then kiss each other relentlessly, causing their luck to swap so quickly that they no longer know who has the good luck and who has the bad. When they see Jake's little cousin Katy and both of them kiss her, one on each cheek, at the same time, she gets all the luck and wins a scratch card lottery of twenty-five dollars. Later, when they find a quarter, they decide that they still have some luck left. But only seconds later, they are drenched by a broken water line.

Cast[edit]

Production notes[edit]

Principal photography took place in New Orleans, Louisiana before Hurricane Katrina hit the area. In March 2005, filming continued in New York City.[2]

Reception[edit]

The film received mostly negative reviews from critics, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 13% rating with a very long consensus: "Just My Luck is a screwball rom-com that fails to take advantage of Lindsay Lohan's considerable charm. The film (along with Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion) marks the end of Lohan's teen queen phase as she begins playing characters that are older, but not necessarily wiser. Lohan's character is supposedly cursed with bad luck, though the movie confuses misfortune with plain stupidity, leading Lohan into a long series of silly and senseless physical gags."[3]

Lohan earned a Razzie Award nomination as Worst Actress for her performance in the film.

Box office[edit]

Just My Luck opened at #4 at the North American box office with $5,692,285 in its opening weekend, May 14, 2006. In the US, it grossed $17,324,744 after showing for 12 weeks. The film has grossed over $38 million worldwide.

Soundtrack[edit]

Just My Luck
Soundtrack album by McFly
Released June 11, 2006
Genre Pop rock
Length 42:53
Label Island
Producer Julian Emery, Hugh Padgham, Jason Perry, Steve Power
McFly chronology
Motion in the Ocean
(2006)
Just My Luck
(2006)
All the Greatest Hits
(2007)

The album is made up entirely of songs from McFly's first two albums, Room on the 3rd Floor and Wonderland, with the exception of the brand new track "Just My Luck", which was recorded especially for the film. Though released as the film's soundtrack, a selection of the songs featured on the album were not in the film. Reworked versions of "5 Colours in Her Hair", "I've Got You" and "Unsaid Things", as well as the censored Single version of "I Wanna Hold You" appear on the album instead of the original versions. The European version of the album slightly muddles up the tracklisting, and adds the hidden track "Get Over You" in the pre-gap.

Track listing[edit]

U.S. version
  1. "I Wanna Hold You" (single version) – 2:59 (Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter)
  2. "I've Got You" (U.S. version) – 3:20 (Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Graham Gouldman)
  3. "Obviously" – 3:18 (Fletcher, Jones, Bourne)
  4. "Ultraviolet" – 3:56 (Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones)
  5. "Five Colours In Her Hair" (U.S. version) – 3:00 (Fletcher, Jones, Bourne)
  6. "Too Close for Comfort" – 4:37 (Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter)
  7. "All About You" – 3:06 (Tom Fletcher)
  8. "That Girl" – 3:17 (Fletcher, Bourne, Jones)
  9. "Unsaid Things" (U.S. version) – 3:45 (Fletcher, Jones, Poynter, Harry Judd, Bourne)
  10. "I'll Be OK" – 3:24 (Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter)
  11. "Just My Luck" – 3:15 (Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones)
  12. "Memory Lane" – 4:40 (Tom Fletcher, James Bourne)
European version
  1. "Get Over You" – 3:26 (Fletcher, Jones, Bourne)
  2. "Five Colours in Her Hair" (U.S. version) – 3:00 (Fletcher, Jones, Bourne)
  3. "Obviously" – 3:18 (Fletcher, Jones, Bourne)
  4. "I Wanna Hold You" (single version) – 2:59 (Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter)
  5. "I've Got You" (U.S. version) – 3:20 (Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Graham Gouldman)
  6. "Ultraviolet" – 3:56 (Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones)
  7. "All About You" – 3:06 (Tom Fletcher)
  8. "Too Close for Comfort" – 4:37 (Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter)
  9. "That Girl" – 3:17 (Fletcher, Bourne, Jones)
  10. "Unsaid Things" (U.S. version) – 3:45 (Fletcher, Jones, Poynter, Judd, Bourne)
  11. "I'll Be OK" – 3:24 (Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter)
  12. "Just My Luck" – 3:15 (Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones)
  13. "Memory Lane" – 4:40 (Tom Fletcher, James Bourne)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006 Just My Luck - Movie reviews, trailers, clips and stills
  2. ^ "Just My Luck Full Production Notes (2006)". Madeinatlant.powweb.com. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Just My Luck". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 

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