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Nicholas Sparks novels are an acquired taste. They are unabashedly romantic and gushy, which makes them perfect fodder for chick flicks. The man who gave us “Message in a Bottle”, “A Walk to Remember”, “The Notebook” and “Dear John” now brings you “The Lucky One”. There is nothing novel or new about the film as far as I can tell, though watching former teen hearttrob Zac Efron (of “High School Musical” fame), manly beard and all, playing a tough Marine who does tough things like go to war and romance Taylor Schilling takes a bit of getting used to. I’m just guessing here, but I’m pretty sure he gets the girl. Then he probably ends up losing her or she dies or he gets run over by a train or something. Isn’t that how Nicholas Sparks novels usually end? Anyways, take a look at his latest, from the director of “Shine”, to boot.
Logan Thibault, a Marine who’s survived three tours of duty in Iraq, attributes his good luck to a photograph he carried of a woman he doesn’t even know. When he returns to the States, he sets out to find her.
Starring Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner and directed by Scott Hicks.
Get lucky April 20, 2012.