‘Just My Luck’


Poor Lindsay Lohan. It’s bad enough that her new romantic comedy was barely screened in time for critics to review it before opening day, but now that we’ve seen the movie, it turns out she’s not even the star. That would be the generic British pop band McFly for whom “Just My Luck” plays like an infomercial. They’re in this thing constantly, singing the same two songs at a bowling alley, at a recording studio, at a sold-out Times Square concert. In between their many performances, LL squeezes in opportunities to show off her gifts for timing and physical comedy. Despite what we know about her off-screen antics, she’s an undeniable, irresistible talent. That’s why it’s such a disappointment that her first grown-up role is essentially a remake of “Freaky Friday,” the remake of which made her a star in 2003. Lohan plays a confident young Manhattanite with incredibly good luck who magically swaps fortunes with a guy (Chris Pine) plagued with perennially bad luck after kissing him at a masquerade ball. Loud, overblown mishaps ensue. Rated: PG-13 for some brief sexual references. Rating: 1½ out of 4. – Christy Lemire, AP movie critic


Long before the big wave hits, the first sign of trouble comes from looking at the cast list. Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Emmy Rossum, Jacinda Barrett – they’re all too good-looking. Not an Ernest Borgnine or a Shelley Winters among ’em. This pretty much tells you all you need to know about director Wolfgang Petersen’s remake of the 1972 cult disaster classic “The Poseidon Adventure.” It’s all splash and no substance. Not that you’re looking for that much meat in an underwater blockbuster.But it would be helpful to care about whether these scrappy passengers on a doomed New Year’s cruise drown or not after the boat capsizes; in this update, the characters are rendered so shrilly and superficially, they make sympathy nearly impossible. As for the effects, they’re so big and shiny and slick they often look completely fake, like some computer-generated promotional video for a cruise line. This will be the big-budget bomb of the summer. Rated: PG-13 for intense prolonged sequences of disaster and peril. Rating: 1½ out of 4 stars. – Christy Lemire, AP movie critic