The Luck of the Irish

Synopsis: A teenager must battle for a gold charm to keep his family from being controlled by an evil leprechaun.
Director(s): Paul Hoen
Production: Disney Channel Productions
86 min

Everyone in the world,

is different from everyone else.

That's easy to see.

Just look.

But everyone is lucky enough

to have one thing in common,

One thing that binds

everyone together.



Everyone has a heritage,

a family history,


handed down from grandparents

and great-grandparents.

Our next performer

is Kyle Johnson.


Hey, I'm down here!



[ KYLE ]:
But what if I'm not that lucky?

What if I'm the only person

who doesn't have a heritage?

What if I'm...different?

I said I'm down here!

[ KYLE ]:
Can't you see me?





It's time to get ready for the game.

Go, Eagles!

I must have zonked out.

I was having

this really weird dream

about this Heritage Day thingy

that's going on at school.

- Pregame anxiety. Everybody gets it.

I used to dream

I was at the game wearing nothing

but my underwear.

and I was just in the band.

You'll do fine, Kyle.

You always do.

Here, have some yogurt

and a fruit bar.

It'll help you keep

your energy up.

That sounds good.

I might have some of that myself.

Where's our family from, Dad?

We're from right here, Son.

No. No, I mean,

where do we come from?

You know, what's our heritage?

We moved here from Cleveland.

We're Americans, Kyle.

That's all the heritage we need.

Hey, come on, Kyle.

You're gonna be late

for the game. Let's go!

Don't forget to wear

your lucky coin.

I had this really weird feeling.

Like there was something

they weren't telling me.

This was the first time our school

had ever made it to the State

basketball playoffs.


Get over, Russell. Find your shot!

Tonight was

the Quarter Finals,

and we were goin'

all the way this year.

State Champions.


And I was the reason why.


Everything was goin' my way.

I was one lucky guy.

[ GIRLS ]:
There's Kyle!

[ BOY ]:
There he is!

[ GIRL ]:
Great, Kyle!


Gee, that was a lucky shot.

Hey, luck's got nothin' to do with it.

Lookin' good, Kyle.

Yeah, I taught him

everything he knows.


Hey, Kyle.

Oh! Hi, Bonnie.

- You know I'm in charge of

the Heritage Day committee.

You're in charge of,

like, every committee.

I mean, somebody's gotta do it.

I'm putting together

the program, and I wanted to know

what you're going to do for Heritage Day.

I don't know.

I mean, you know,

this whole Heritage Day thing,

it's like so Public Television.

It's your history.

Yeah, but I mean, history...

You know, it's like

so ten minutes ago.

Now, sports,

That's what's happenin' now.

That's where

I'm comin' from. Heh!

That's right.

Well, even if you are

some kind of mindless jock,

you still got a heritage.


- America is a nation of

immigrants, Kyle,

everybody's ancestors came from

another country.

Yeah, I'm part Cherokee.

So, where's your family from?

Is Johnson an English name,

or did they change it

from Johannsen,

or something?

Uh, we're from Cleveland.

Ha, ha. Very funny.

Now, come on, you know

what I mean.


Look, uh, I've got a test, OK?

See you guys later.



Time's up, people!

Put your test papers

on my desk

on your way out, please.

Thank you.

You'd be better off

leaving 'em blank, Kyle.

Remember, I subtract points

for wrong answers.

Summer school!


I do it specifically to discourage

what you just did--

Guessing at the answers.

You know, in real life,

you can't depend on luck

to make up for not knowing.

These answers are all correct.

Oh, this looks great!

- Thanks.

So, is this like Italian food or


It's something I saw in

Eat Smart Magazine.


Oh, I just thought, you know...

maybe it was, like, an old family recipe.


You're lucky your mom makes you

such healthy meals, Kyle.

It's probably why you're

such a good athlete.

Kyle just has a

natural talent for sports.

Yeah, you know, it's probably genetic.

I mean, I bet, if you go back

far enough,

We've had great athletes

in our family for generations.

You know,

great soccer players,


Or, uh, cross-country skiers?



You better eat your salad.

You don't want the oil to separate.

Uh...yeah, Dad.


UM, I was talking with the girl

in charge of the Heritage Day


[ KATE ]:
Is it Bonnie Lopez?

She's always in charge of everything.

I know.


Yeah. anyways,

she says that everyone's family

comes from somewhere else.

I mean, if you go back far enough;

we couldn't have always lived

in Cleveland.

Unless we're Indians.


We're not Indians, are we?

I don't think so.

OK, then what are we?

You know, where do we come from?

I think your great-grandfather

moved there from Mount Buffalo.

No, Dad. I mean before that,

before we came to America.

Why are you so interested in

your family all of a sudden?

I don't know.

I mean, you know,

with Heritage Day coming up,

I don't want to be the only kid

who doesn't know what he is.

You're Kyle Johnson.

You're a good student,

A good boy,

A great athlete.

Just because

some people are obsessed

with where their ancestors

came from,

doesn't mean you have to be, too.

Mom, I'm not obsessed.

Being an individual

is what America's all about, Kyle.

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