The Luck of the Irish (2001 film)
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|The Luck of the Irish|
|Written by||Andrew Price|
|Directed by||Paul Hoen|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||86 minutes|
|Distributor||Buena Vista Television|
The Luck of the Irish is a 2001 American Disney Channel original movie.
Popular junior high school basketball player Kyle Johnson (Ryan Merriman) learns that his high school is putting on a special event called Heritage Day, a celebration for everyone of different heritages. He asks his parents, but they're reluctant to tell him the truth about where their family came from, insisting they were from Cleveland, Ohio.
Over the weekend, Kyle and his best friend Russell Halloway (Glenndon Chatman) attend an Irish carnival. Afterward, strange things happen: Kyle starts shrinking, his hair turns red, and his ears become pointed. His mother, Kate (Marita Geraghty), starts speaking with an Irish accent, and confesses that their family is Irish. She changes her hairstyle, starts making Irish foods, and eventually shrinks to only a foot tall. His father (Paul Kiernan) is American and from Cleveland.
At school, during science class, Kyle realizes his lucky gold coin was stolen when the fake coin he was wearing stuck to a magnet he was using. It turned out that the gold coin Kyle wore was the O'Reilly lucky coin. A magic coin, when in the possession of the youngest family member, allows all the leprechauns in the family to pass as normal human beings. But since the coin is gone, the family is down on their luck now, and reverting to their true forms. At first, his mother believes that her 200-year-old father Reilly O'Reilly (Henry Gibson) stole the coin, and they decide to go to his potato chip factory to get it back.
Kyle's father (Paul Kiernan) explains that his grandfather disowned his mother for marrying a human, and they not only left Cleveland, but also changed their original last name from Smith to Johnson so he wouldn't be able to find them. After Kyle meets his grandfather, and explains what happened to the gold coin, he tells Kyle that it was a "far darrig", an evil leprechaun named Seamus McTiernen (Timothy Omundson), who stole the coin.
The family and Russell find where Seamus and his followers are. While Seamus and his followers are busy, Kyle and Reilly sneak into Seamus' RV to get the gold coin back. Upon them finding it, Seamus senses that something is wrong. As Kyle regains his human form, Reilly's starts to change back only for a tornado, with Seamus' face to manifest and snatch Reilly. As Kyle starts to leave, Seamus appears outside, holding Reilly by his beard, while his followers have restrained Russell. Seamus demands that Kyle returns the coin, while Kyle states that the coin is his.
With the help of Russell, Kyle is transported to Ireland to engage Seamus in several traditional competitions such as wrestling and step dance, managing to tie in the final score. When Seamus uses trick wording to try and win, Kyle makes one last bet with him to play a competition of his choosing as a tie breaker, to which Seamus accepts.
Kyle and Russell find themselves in a basketball game, with Seamus and his forces on the opposing team, commanding a strong lead thanks to the coin's luck. Russell gains confidence and improves when Kyle's grandfather gives him a fake magic lucky coin and tells him it's real, giving Kyle the realization he can make his own luck through hard work. Working together, Kyle and Russell catch the score back up, and shoot a winning shot, despite Seamus growing in power and showing his true form. Victorious and winning the bet, Kyle has Seamus shrunk and teleported to live within the shores of Lake Erie when Kyle states that his father is from Cleveland.
He then wakes up, and realizes he is late for Heritage Day; on the day, he does an Irish folk dance and leads the crowd in singing "This Land is Your Land", with his parents and grandfather in the audience proudly joining in.
- Ryan Merriman as Kyle Johnson
- Henry Gibson as Reilly O'Reilly
- Alexis Lopez as Bonnie Lopez
- Paul Kiernan as Bob Johnson / Robert Smith
- Marita Geraghty as Kate O'Reilly Johnson / Kate Smith
- Glenndon Chatman as Russell Halloway
- Timothy Omundson as Seamus McTiernen
- Thurl Bailey as Mr. Halloway
- Duane Stephens as Patrick
- Charles Halford as McDermot
- Marshall Hilliard as Eddie McGuire
- David Wee as Extra
- Kevin Clifford as Garbage Man