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(2006), PG-13 ["Lite" R-13*] (1hr 35min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): New Regency Pictures, Cheyenne Enterprises, Regency Enterprises
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, 20th Century Fox Pictures
Director(s): Donald Petrie
Producer(s): Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr., Arnon Milchan, Arnold Rifkin, Ellen H. Schwartz, Marjorie Shik, Bruce Willis
Screenplay by: I. Marlene King, Amy Harris
Story by: Jonathan Bernstein, Mark Blackwell, James Greer, I. Marlene King
Cinematography/Camera: Dean Semler
Music: Teddy Castellucci
Film Editing: Debra Neil-Fisher
Casting: Mark Fincannon, Michael Hothorn
Production Design: Ray Kluga
Art Direction: Dennis Bradford, Hinju Kim
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Manhattan party-planner, Ashley Albright (Lindsay Lohan) has to be the luckiest girl in the world. Nothing unfortunate happens to Ashley. At least nothing unfortunate happened to her until one night at a masquerade ball. Jake Hardin (Chris Pine) shows up and changes all that. Jake is the reciprocal of Ashley. He is unlucky.
Just My Luck is a chick flick for tweenage girls. At least, so sayest the MPAA by giving it a PG-13 rating. You might say differently after you read this report. This film is a R-13 (see
One can never say which is contagious, luckiness or unluckiness. One of them must be because the moment Albright and Hardin play kissy-face their lucks swap. She gets his and he gets hers. Previously the sun would come out when Albright walked outside on a rainy day with an umbrella. Now the umbrella collapses. And so does everything else. Including the movie.
It has been too long since I saw this film to be able to discuss the plot or story to any further degree. But fortunately, the heart of the CAP analysis model - the Findings/Scoring section - does not rely on my memory. The data entries taken when watching the film are the same now as they were nearly a month ago. That is what I will spend the rest of this Summary/Commentary sharing with you.
Lohan seems to have a favorite expression - the three syllable sentence with God's name trailing it. She may make it seem quite innocuous to repeatedly speak that sentence without any obvious consequences but God does not like it. [Deut. 5:11] Some people say "How can you say what God likes and doesn't like?" Since you've asked I'll tell you. It is by what called the Bible. You can know His likes and dislikes, too if you read it. And if you do, read the Word not just the words. And if you simply can't handle all that begattin' stuff in the Old Testament, read the New Testament.
Beside the 16 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive, there is one use of God's name in vain with it. In addition, there are 13 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary but without the most foul of the foul words. [Col. 3:8]
And sexually oriented programming was like salt on popcorn. Most examples of sexually immoral behavior were not of the extreme nature typically found down in in the R stratum but the sheer numbers of the "lesser" kind drained more than 80% of the starting 100 points in the Sexual Immorality investigation area. Things like a man ripping off the blouse of a woman, inappropriate touching, women as toys and a woman atop a man (ostensibly for intercourse) were frequent enough to be very expensive to the Sexual Immorality score. [3John 11, Prov. 30:20, Mark 7:20 - 21, Gal. 5:19]
There is more. A lot more and it is all noted in the listing of observations in the Findings/Scoring section. I hope you will inspect that listing before you make a decision whether to let your tweenagers watch this film.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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