Imagine what life would be like if you had a lucky coin that really was lucky -- a coin that helped you land the job you wanted or enabled you to be in just the right place at the right time for good things to happen. That is what life is like for Kyle Johnson in Disney's "The Luck of the Irish."
Cast and Production
"The Luck of the Irish" was released in March of 2001 on the Disney Channel. The movie stars Ryan Merriman as Kyle Johnson, the owner of a very lucky family coin. Kyle's best friend and cohort, Russell, is played by Glenndon Chatman. The evil villain of the movie, Seamus McTiernan, is played by Timothy Omundson. The film seems to show up in the channel lineup every February and March, with multiple showings.
Kyle has a coin that he always keeps with him since his parents have led him to believe all his good luck comes from this one coin. What they have not told him is that his mother and her family are leprechauns. He does know his father is from Columbus, Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie. Kyle is not ready to believe that his luck only comes from the coin, but he is not about to abandon the coin and find out on his own.
Bad Luck Follows
Unfortunately for Kyle, his coin is stolen from him when he and his best friend Russell go to an Irish carnival. One of the carnies bumps into Kyle and switches his coin for a fake. Kyle, unaware that a switch has been made, finishes the day as if nothing has happened. The next day, Kyle experiences the worst luck of his life by missing basketball shots and losing both his lunch money and his homework. Kyle is confused and does not understand why everything is happening to him.
The Truth at Home
At home, Kyle finds his mother is shrinking and starting to speak with an Irish accent. Worse, Kyle begins to shrink himself, his hair turns red and his ears get pointy. Not understanding any of it, his parents finally tell him of his heritage -- that he is part leprechaun. His grandfather, who has long been arguing with Kyle's mother, steps in to teach Kyle his history, as well as to try to get the coin back. In true Disney style, the movie conveys that each person is capable of making their own luck and that family history may not define the present but is a part of it.
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