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The Lucky One (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  20 April 2012 (USA)
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A Marine travels to Louisiana after serving three tours in Iraq and searches for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Clayton
Judge Clayton
Victor (as Robert Terrell Hayes)
Deputy Moore
Roger Lyle (as Russ Comegys)
Principal Miller (as Sharon Morris)
Charlotte Clayton
Younger Marine
Cottage Owner
Logan's Sister (as Courtney J. Clark)


Logan is a marine serving in Iraq. While there, he finds a photo of a girl with "keep safe" written on the back. He is admiring it when his unit is attacked. He survives and credits the photo for saving him. He tries to find the owner but can't, assuming he was killed. When he goes back to the States, he finds it difficult to adjust and is still haunted by what happened. Analyzing the photo, he finds in the background a landmark that tells him she is in Louisiana. He then goes there and finds her. He learns her name is Beth. He tries to tell her what happened but can't get the words out. She assumes he's there to apply for the job they advertised looking for someone to help at her family's business, a dog kennel. He says yes but at first she gets an uneasy feeling from him but her grandmother decides to give him a chance. It isn't long that he makes a connection with her son. He then discovers that it was her brother who had the picture only he doesn't remember him. He sees that her ... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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From the acclaimed bestselling author of The Notebook and Dear John


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 April 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuando te encuentre  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,518,358 (USA) (20 April 2012)


$60,443,237 (USA) (13 July 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Lucky One was filmed in Madisonville, Louisiana and the church scenes were filmed in Abita Springs, Louisiana. See more »


Beth's piano, which was covered-up and apparently not used for a long time, was absolutely perfectly in tune when Logan plays it. Pianos do not hold their tune like this. See more »


Logan: Finding something like that... in a war... is like finding an angel in hell. So I kept it with me.
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Sweet and Dramatic Romance
24 September 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Iraq, the marine Sergeant Logan (Zac Efron) finds the photo of a young woman with the message "Keep Safe X" on the back in the debris of a construction and he keeps it in his pocket. His action saves his life from a mortar fire and he believes that the girl is his guard angel that protects him.

When he returns to Colorado, he has difficulties to adjust to the civilian life with his sister's family and he decides to seek out the woman. Logan researches the landscape and finds that the place is Hamden, in Louisiana, and he walks with his dog Zeus to Hamden.

He discovers that the woman is Beth Green (Taylor Schilling), who is the owner of the Green Kennels with her grandmother Ellie (Blythe Danner). When Logan meets Beth, he is unable to tell the reason why he had traveled to Hamden. She assumes that he wants a job that she had advertised and Ellis gives the job to Logan. Soon Logan befriends Beth's son Ben (Riley Thomas Stewart) and becomes close to the family. But her former husband, Sheriff Keith Clayton (Jay R. Ferguson) does not want to make Logan's life easy.

"The Lucky One" is a sweet and dramatic romance, with pleasant characters. The director Scott Hicks explores the beautiful landscapes with a wonderful cinematography. The plot is very simple and predictable, but the chemistry among Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner and the boy Riley Thomas Stewart makes the film worth. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Um Homem de Sorte" ("A Lucky Man")

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