As we’ve gotten older, St. Patrick’s Day has turned less into coloring paper cutouts of leprechauns and more into downing shots of whiskey at a crowded bar. That being said, there’s still some cute ways to celebrate the holiday, and what better way than to watch the beloved Disney Channel’s original movie, The Luck of the Irish?
Perhaps you don’t remember this holiday classic, which is a damn shame. The movie follows the exploits of a junior high schooler who finds himself inexplicably turning into a leprechaun. Yes, a leprechaun. This was actually not that strange for Disney —it also had a movie about a boy randomly turning into a merman. Is this all a very drastic metaphor for puberty, all the crazy body changes we go through, and how scary and frustrating and confusing it can be?
Maybe. But more likely it’s just a story about a half-human, half-leprechaun.
Anyway, dude has a human dad and a leprechaun mom, which he never knew because a magic gold coin lets them pass as human. But when the coin goes missing, their “luck is gone” (Get it? Eh?) so now his mom is smaller than the mouse that you can’t seem to get out of your kitchen and the boy is growing pointy ears in addition to shrinking. The best part is he keeps slipping into a really off Irish brogue, like he’s just faking it as a bad joke to deal with the weirdness. So he has to find the coin so his mother doesn’t get stomped on and so he can lose these repulsive ears (girls don’t even like him with NORMAL ears, which is unbelievable, because he has the spiked up hairdo middle school girls in the 2000s went crazy over).
He wins his luck back in, of all things, a basketball game. His skills are so great he is able to triumph despite his lack of height.
As you can see, this film has endless re-watchability. It basically writes its own drinking game (drink every time you think “How high were the writers of this film?”). It’s even quite possibly more festive than heading out to your local pub while wearing your least favorite green shirt.
Oh, and fun fact! Our little leprechaun later grew up to become Ian, Melissa’s shady fiancée from Pretty Little Liars — the one who tried to kill Spencer in the bell tower. But with this background information, can you blame him? Hiding your past as a leprechaun has got to be an IMMENSE stresser.