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The Lucky One
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Zac Efron stars in this slick, corny and comfortingly undemanding romantic drama from
director Scott Hicks. It's based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks (
), and while it pushes all the big emotional buttons, the best that can really be said is that it allows Efron another decent opportunity to distance himself from those fluffy
High School Musical
movies. A buff-looking Efron plays Logan, a US marine who attributes several lucky escapes in Iraq to the photo of a mystery woman that he found there. Back in the States, he resolves to find out just who his guardian angel is. She turns out to be kennels-owning divorced mum Beth (Taylor Schilling), whose baggage includes a dead marine brother and an obnoxious, bullyboy ex-husband who just happens to be a deputy sheriff. Complexities are compounded by Logan's daft inability to just come right out and tell Beth who he is and why he's there. Efron looks good, and is a perfectly decent actor; Schilling is even better and marks herself out as an actress to watch. However,
The Lucky One
is only mildly diverting while you're watching it, and doesn't linger long in the memory.
A Marine serving in Iraq finds a photograph of a woman belonging to an unknown fellow soldier, and considers it his good luck charm. When he returns to America, he decides to track her down, and after taking a job at her family's boarding kennels, falls in love with her. Romantic drama, with Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling and Blythe Danner.
Cast & Crew
Riley Thomas Stewart
Jay R Ferguson
Violence, swearing, sex scenes.
DVD and Blu-ray
27 Apr 2012
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