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Zac Efron stars with Taylor Schilling and Blythe Danner in the romantic drama "The Lucky One," directed by Academy Award®-nominated writer/director Scott Hicks ("Shine"), based on Nicholas Sparks' bestseller The Lucky One. U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive-a photograph he found of a woman he doesn't even know. Discovering her name is Beth (Schilling) and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 141
- Fresh: 28
- Rotten: 113
- Average Rating: 4.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: A lazy (in all ways) Nicholas Sparks romance that's as pretty and vacant as its hero.
Rotten: The overheated eroticism could have at least made for a camp classic, but the film's chilling narcissism ultimately makes for a pleasureless fantasy.
Rotten: [Hicks] hits the beats - lonely woman, hunky stranger - without bothering to develop even the slightest depth.
Rotten: I'm beginning to think writer Nicholas Sparks isn't one person at all, but a roomful of ladies doing Harlequin-romance Mad Libs.
IT IS WHAT IT IS
Being the fan of Nicholas Sparks novels that she is, my girlfriend wanted to see "The Lucky One" when it came out on opening weekend. I decided to go see it with her, even though I already knew beforehand that it was gonna be another sappy, overly dramatic romance. And for the most part, I was right. The movie largely suffers from its inconsistent acting, bland characters, unconvincing dialogue, and contrived storytelling. Not to mention it follows the classic Sparks formula right down to a tee. A good-looking pair of young actors as the lead couple? Check. A conveniently gorgeous backdrop as the setting of the film? Check. An unmemorable cast of supporting characters with the intent of simply causing drama between the two lovebirds? Check. I could probably go on and on with this list, but that'd take up too much space. Instead, I might as well say what I liked about the movie, since it did manage to keep my interest aloft for the majority of its running time. For one, I was surprisingly impressed by how well Zac Efron stayed committed to character. He may not have been the most genuinely believable actor portraying an off-duty U.S. Marine sergeant, but he still gave it his all. That's more than I can say about Taylor Schilling, whose performance felt forced and stilted to the point of sheer awkwardness. Even her chemistry with Efron came across as redundant and unenthusiastic. But at least Blythe Danner was there to even out most of the discrepancies in the acting department with her light-hearted, engaging presence. Other than that, I really can't think of anything else I truly liked about this movie. It's simply a decent romantic drama made for the most loyal of Sparks readers and filmgoers only. Hopefully, Efron can eventually branch out from starring in subpar PG-13 melodramas like "Charlie St. Cloud" and "The Lucky One" and go the Channing Tatum route. We all know he has talent. He just needs to start showing more of it.
What was wrong with it?
Okay, I'll admit it wasn't a masterpiece. But I mean seriously, what did you expect? Its a Sparks novel, not the next great american novel. But I liked Efron in it, he's really grown up and personally I think he's a skilled young actor (he's not too bad on the eyes either (~:). I liked the plot and think its the best sparks adaptation since the notebook (remeber dear john, the last song.... neither do I). My point is, its not gonna be winning any oscars this year, but its a sweet, good chick flick. I reccomend it for a girls night (~:
Good real story makes you feel good when you walk out of the theatre
Loved the movie, and Yes the storyline has been done before, but it was a real storyline and it just made you feel good inside....
- Genre: Romance
- Released: 2012
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