The Lucky One

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The Lucky One

Scott Hicks (2012)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Zac Efron stars in this slick, corny and comfortingly undemanding romantic drama from Shine director Scott Hicks. It's based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, Dear John), 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

Logan Thibault Zac Efron
Ellie Green Blythe Danner
Beth Green Taylor Schilling
Ben Riley Thomas Stewart
Keith Clayton Jay R Ferguson
Director Scott Hicks
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 27 Apr 2012