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Just My Luck

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
Samaire Armstrong
Faizon Love
Missi Pyle
Makenzie Vega
Jaqueline Fleming
Chris Carmack
Bree Turner
Carlos Ponce
Music by Teddy Castellucci
Cinematography Dean Semler
Editing by Debra Neil-Fisher
Studio Regency Enterprises
New Regency
Cheyenne Enterprises
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) May 12, 2006 (2006-05-12)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $28 million
Gross revenue $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 Pine, at a masquerade bash.[1] After six years in development hell, the film was released in the United States on May 12, 2006.[2]

The film was released under Twentieth Century Fox and Regency Pictures and features supporting roles by Samaire Armstrong, Faizon Love, Missi Pyle, and McFly, the British band who Jake discovers and tries to help them find a producer.




The movie is about always lucky and popular Ashley Albright (Lindsay Lohan) who has an extremely fortunate life and is always experiencing remarkable strokes of luck. The audience is also introduced to Jake Hardin (Chris Pine), who is followed by bad luck wherever he goes. He manages a small music group called McFly (a real UK band).

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 of an upcoming change in her life. The fortune teller tells her she will be soon be struck by bad luck. Ashley doesn't believe her. As Jake wanders around the party, he is strucked by 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 normally rotten luck.

Soon after, Jake spots Phillips (the man he came to the party to see) and asks him to help publicise the band. As they are talking, a cab accidentally heads straight for Phillips. Jake pushes him out of the way but is, himself, hit by the cab. In a stroke of good luck, he is unharmed. By way of saying thank you, 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). When she returns home she finds that her house has been flooded, causing a mold infestation is in her walls. She is left with but a mere box of her former possessions.

She goes to stay with a friend. At her friend's place she breaks a mirror and drops her contact lens in the cat litter box. Upon finding it, she places it back in her eye, causing a major eye infection.

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. But of course, as Jake had only pretended to be a dancer, he is not on the list. Ashley begins to give up hope, thinking her bad luck has gotten the better of her.

When Ashley gets out of prison (another stroke of bad luck), she tries to get some food from a cafe but is rejected because she doesn't have enough money. As she leaves, she creates mass chaos 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. Though she is accident prone at the beginning, she gradually begins to avoid some of her bad luck.

One rainy day, Jake takes the helpless Ashley to his huge house, where she tries to wash her clothes. She puts too much soap in the washing machine, resulting in a room full of bubbles. Jake comes in to see what all the comotion is about, and they both laugh at the comical situation. Just as they are about to kiss, they are interrupted by Jake's young cousin, Katy.

Later, Jake takes Ashley to the place where McFly is practicing. 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; she runs into her old boss, who offers her a high position, to be appointed at a meeting that night. 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. She chooses not to attend the meeting, and instead goes to Jake's first concert for McFly, during which things aren't running smoothly.

At the concert, things are taking a wrong turn. As bass player Dougie Poynter tunes his guitar strings, one of them snaps and hits singer/guitar player Danny Jones in the eye. He immediately calls for an eye pack. Jake asks the band members if they'll be all right, whereupon vocalist/guitar player Tom Fletcher begins vomiting into a bin. Meanwhile, drummer Harry Judd, has gone mysteriously missing.

Ashley kisses Jake. His luck changes. Harry reappears on stage. The rest of the band members, confused but relieved, join him onstage, and the concert is a massive success.

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 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.


Development and writing

The originally came up in 2000. James Greer, Jonathan Bernstein and I. Marlene King wrote a treatment for the film, entitled Lucky. Bruce Willis was originally going to help produce and help distribute the film. Twentieth Century Fox agreed to distribute the film to theaters. James Greer and Jonathan Bernstein later rejected to help flesh out the treatment into a full script and Amy B. Harris was attatched to co-write the script.

In the original story, the main character, Connie Albright, loses her luck after kissing unlucky Robert Hardin at the production of a music video starring rock band Aerosmith. Once Hardin had been considered lucky, his next door neighbor Katy's grandmother dies. He tries to get full custody afterward. The character's names were later changed and the subplot with the custody of Katy was later dropped from the storyline. The title was changed to Lady Luck and then finally to Just My Luck.

Box office

Just My Luck opened with $5,692,285 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.


Just My Luck
Compilation album by McFly
Released June 11, 2006
Genre Pop rock, pop punk
Length 48:01
Label Island
Producer Julian Emery, Hugh Padgham, Jason Perry, Steve Power
McFly chronology
Motion in the Ocean
Just My Luck
All the Greatest Hits

The album is made up entirely of songs from McFly's first two UK albums, Room on the 3rd Floor and Wonderland. It also includes brand new track Just My Luck, which was recorded especially for the movie. Though released as the film's soundtrack, a selection of songs were not in the film.

  1. "I Wanna Hold You" (US Single Remix)
  2. "I've Got You"
  3. "Obviously"
  4. "Ultraviolet"
  5. "Five Colours In Her Hair" (US Single Remix)
  6. "Too Close for Comfort"
  7. "All About You"
  8. "That Girl"
  9. "Unsaid Things"
  10. "I'll Be OK"
  11. "Just My Luck"
  12. "Memory Lane"


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