The Luck of the Irish (2001 film)
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|The Luck of the Irish|
|Directed by||Paul Hoen|
|Produced by||Don Schain|
|Written by||Andrew Price|
|Original channel||Disney Channel|
|Release date||March 9, 2001|
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Kyle Johnson (Ryan Merriman) is a popular basketball player in junior high school who is known for being lucky. He is always finding money on the street, so he doesn't have to bring lunch money; he never misses a shot when playing basketball; and when he hasn't finished his social studies test, he guesses on all the answers, only to have them be all correct.
One day he visits an Irish carnival where he finds that he can't stop step dancing along with the Irish folk music. He is knocked down by one of the carnys, who secretly swaps the gold coin Kyle wears around his neck for a fake one. The next day, he has the unluckiest day of his life. He loses his lunch money, his home brought lunch spills all over him, he can't find his homework, and he misses every shot at the basketball game. The anger of the school towards Kyle's missed shots is evident as a student (Jason Stamm) walks by Kyle the next day and scowls at him. Over the next few days, Kyle's mother reveals to him that they are Irish and begins cooking breakfast in the fireplace and speaking with an accent. Strange things also start to happen to Kyle: his ears become pointed, his hair starts turning red, and he starts to become shorter. During science class Kyle realizes that his coin was stolen when the fake coin is attracted to a magnet.
At home Kyle's mother, who has shrunk to twelve inches high, reveals that she is a leprechaun and that Kyle is half-leprechaun. The gold coin he wore was a magic coin which, when in the possession of the youngest family member, allows all the leprechauns in the family to pass as normal human beings and brings good luck to them. Kyle also finds out that he has a 200-year-old grandpa, who's been in a long feud with his mom.
Kyle, his family, and his friends chase after a Fear Dearg (FYAR-JARRIG) named Seamus who stole the coin. Kyle defeats Seamus and banishes him to live forever trapped in Lake Erie.
- Ryan Merriman - Kyle Johnson
- Henry Gibson - Reilly O'Reilly
- Alexis Lopez - Bonnie Lopez
- Marita Geraghty - Kate O'Reilly Johnson/Kate Smith
- Timothy Omundson - Seamus McTiernan
- Jason Stamm - Student #1
- Charles Halford - McDermot