Competent but bland, Lindsay Lohan's latest star vehicle won't do much to rejuvenate her increasingly faltering career. Lohan's character, Ashley Albright, is one of those supremely charmed beings who never has trouble getting a cab, always wins on lottery scratch cards and in general leads a blessed, stress-free life. Jake Hardin (Chris Pine), on the other hand, only has the worst sort of luck, from regularly getting rained on to becoming involved in situations that usually end with him being arrested. Then Ashley meets Jake, kisses him and their fortunes are reversed. As she goes down, he moves up in the world, and only by kissing him again can Ashley regain her stellar luck.
That's a pretty flimsy premise on which to hang a movie, and "Just My Luck" simply doesn't do anything interesting with it. The movie's comedic set pieces rely excessively on gross-out humor, and Lohan lacks charisma in her role, which makes it hard to root for the obnoxious Ashley. The rest of the cast matches her for dullness, and what characterization the movie can muster is comprised of generic types -- the best friends, the intimidating boss -- we've seen in so many other Hollywood movies. Even the movie's hipness quotient falls flat: McFly, the real-life Manhattan-based British rock band featured in the film, is more reminiscent of The Bay City Rollers than Franz Ferdinand. You'd think a movie set in New York could at least boast some grit and panache, but "Just My Luck" is over-sanitized and cutesy. There's nothing serendipitous about this inauspicious concoction. Starring Lindsay Lohan, Chris Pine and Faizon Love. Directed by Donald Petrie. Written by I. Marlene King and Amy Harris. Produced by Arnon Milchan, Bruce Willis and Arnold Rifkin. Romantic comedy. A Fox release. Rated PG-13 for some brief sexual references. Running time: 102 min