The Lucky One

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Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling in The Lucky One

It was only a matter of time before Zac Efron was enlisted for an adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks romantic novel. Here, he’s Logan, a marine who dodged death in Iraq in a chain of events involving a photo of a stranger, Beth (Taylor Schilling). Tracking her down, Logan gets a job at Beth’s family-run kennels. As they grow close, he feels unable to reveal the story behind the photo – he doesn’t want to be taken for a superstitious stalker, after all.

While frustrating, this deception lends tension to an otherwise routine melodrama: Schilling and Efron lack chemistry and the dialogue is perfunctory. Efron is fine (arguably more interesting in the wartime flashbacks) and Blythe Danner is likeable as Beth’s mother. There’s also a cute kid and an abusive ex to hate. But even taken as simple schmaltz, ‘The Lucky One’ lacks the romantic impact of the adaptation of Sparks’s ‘The Notebook’ or even the Channing Tatum-starrer ‘Dear John’.

Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Wednesday May 2 2012
Duration: 101 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Scott Hicks
Screenwriter: Will Fetters
Cast: Blythe Danner
Taylor Schilling
Jay R Ferguson
Zac Efron

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1.3 / 5

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oh the horrors of BORE! Some nice photography saves it from being my first choice film of the year turd.....ewll done Radcliffe! 3/10


Another painting by numbers clicheathon where the first cliche is hit in the opening voice over. From then an hour and three quarters of schmaltz follows where every possible cliche in sickly rom coms is hit with all the subtly of a baseball bat over the head. Just when you think the cliches can't become any more blunt the director pours on another layer of sugar coated rubbish. I must stop going to see Sparkes adaptions because it only encourages them. One to miss for all men unless forced by a very insistent partner. A little better than 1 stars but not quite a full 2 stars.