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JUST MY LUCK

Review by Chastity Campbell

Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Chris Pine, Faizon Love, Missi Pyle, and McFly
Director: Donald Petrie
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound
Video: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen & 1.33:1 Standard Fullscreen
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Features: See Review
Length: 103 Minutes
Release Date: August 22, 2006

Ashley: Please tell her that I’m not lucky.

Maggie: You were voted prom queen at Franklin High.

Ashley: So?

Maggie: We went to Jefferson!

Film ***

Some people are just born lucky…Ashley is one of those people!  The rain stops falling for her, the men all drool, her ideal evening gown appears out of nowhere…and her friends swear she’s the luckiest girl in Manhattan!

On the flip side of the coin is Jake!  This boy is a walking, talking, billboard for bad luck.  Jake has been struck by lightning, is rained on constantly, and he’s been in jail more times than Otis on the Andy Griffith show… that’s a lot! 

Little do Jake and Ashley know, that one star-crossed meeting is all it will take to turn their luck around…literally!  Ashley goes from bell of the ball, to jailbird punching bag.  While Jake lands himself and the band he represents in the Penthouse O’Luck! 

I really enjoyed this movie.  The story was a bit cutesy but the comedy worked so well that I had no trouble getting over my other issues.

If you can, please put aside the tabloid headlines, and get past all the media hype.  Once you do I think you will come to the same realization I did, Lindsey Lohan can act!

Lohan is good at slapstick!  Her comedic timing was very natural and didn’t appear to be rehearsed in any way.   I have to give her credit, which is something the media rarely does, and say that she is making a name for herself as an actress.

Chris Pine, whom some of you may know better from his role as the dashing Lord Nicholas in the Princess Diaries Two, was absolutely fabulous as Jake.  He really has a knack for comedy.  Chris has real, solid acting talent that could one day soon help him become a major Hollywood player!

Pop with rock appeal means that the band McFly, who are featured heavily in this film, will no doubt have an increase in fans by the time your finished watching.  Pop music never sounded this good until these Brits hit the scene.  Harry, Tom, Dougie, and Danny will have you laughing yourself silly one minute, and rocking along to the soundtrack the next.

Guys will enjoy this film because of the Lohan eye candy factor, but girls get to be just as shallow while ogling Pine’s deep soulful eyes!  It’s like DVD eye candy for everybody!

If only one person can have the luck at any given time, then how will these two star crossed lovers ever be on the same level?

Lucky for you this film is available now on DVD, and you can answer that question by simply watching.

Video ***

This DVD is presented in both 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, and 1.33:1 Standard Full-screen formats.  Both versions of the film were clean, with a minimal amount of softness around the upper edges.

Very little dirt or grain is visible on the print.  Colors were vivid and crisp which will help this film stay youthful no matter the amount time that passes.

Audio **

This DVD has what I would consider to be average sound.  The 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround mix is pleasant, and the soundtrack is nice. There were no audible flaws that I could hear.  The dialogue was mixed well and levels remained constant throughout the film and extra features.

Features **

For your viewing pleasure in the Special Features section of the DVD there are deleted and extended scenes. Take a rocking behind the scenes tour as you watch the featurette on the hot band McFly! The “Look Of Luck” featurette is a behind the scenes glance at this film.  Also included are subtitles in English, and Spanish.

Summary:

It was Just My Luck to get this movie to review, and I mean that sincerely!  Great video and good audio helped this insanely hilarious story come to life on my TV screen! Grab your copy today before they run and you are out of luck!

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