Just My Luck
In a Tonight Show With Jay Leno appearance that redefined “contractual obligation,” Lindsay Lohan showed all the attributes that make her such a fascinating media specimen, such as the preternatural perkiness that threatens to dissolve into a nervous breakdown. She chattered with visible pride about how Meryl Streep and Robert Altman take her seriously as an actor—praise she deserves—and then shared a recent clip from a Saturday Night Live skit she’d appeared in. Alas, La Lohan’s spirits visibly sank as she dutifully mumbled vague niceties about Just My Luck. Turns out, her mood swing was fully justified. A romantic comedy with nearly no jokes in which Lohan’s miraculously fortunate Manhattan PR person’s attraction to her male lead, a rock band manager played by Chris Pine, doesn’t manifest until the final 15 minutes, it’s only a chick flick if you assume that all chicks want from a movie are a succession of fabulous outfits. Meanwhile, with her Altman, RFK, and Mark David Chapman projects in the pipes, we’re assuming our plucky heroine will regain our sympathies and survive this plodding, laughless commodity, just as her great work in Mean Girls made us forgive Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.