While settling his recently deceased father's estate, a salesman discovers he has a sister whom he never knew about, leading both siblings to re-examine their perceptions about family and life choices.
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
Bryce Dallas Howard
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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
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After Logan and Beth have made love in Logan's bed, the size of the opening in the mosquito netting changes while Logan is laying there, although Logan is seen to move the netting when he rolls over to watch Beth. See more »
Finding something like that... in a war... is like finding an angel in hell. So I kept it with me.
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Director Scott Hicks an obvious mismatch for this material
Director Scott Hicks is famous for lyrically told movies such as Shine and Hearts of Atlantis. He aspires to transcend the narrative with purely visual imagery. When the material inspires him such as with the inner turmoil and triumphant spirit of David Helfgott, it comes through in a magnificent piece of art that is also a terrific movie. He also showcased the acting talents of Geoffrey Rush and Anthony Hopkins magnificently.
Perhaps I'm incorrect, but it seems obvious to me that he considered Nicholas Sparks' The Lucky One a pedestrian and run-of-the-mill romance novel. Nor did he consider Zac Effron or the leading lady (Taylor Schilling) in the Anthony Hopkins class. So, I'm guessing (and again, I do not know and I could be wrong but it sure felt this way to me) he pared the working script to a skeleton since the story was an unimportant cliché and tried to tell the story with visual imagery, montages, and a lot of music. In the few moments they actually got the opportunity to act with each other, it looked like Effron & Schilling had some chemistry and enough talent to let the audience in on their romance and FEEL the love story. We'll never know because Director Hall distanced us from the characters and never allowed them to develop. He obviously has respect for Blythe Danner and allows her to express more of her character and what she's thinking and feeling more than he does either star - and she's fine. So, is the young actor playing Schilling's son. Her ex-husband is as bad a cardboard villain as you'd ever want to see and his characterization is internally inconsistent. He also looks too old to have been in high school at the same time as Schilling - but he's hardly the main problem with the movie.
Whether you like Sparks or not, his novels are popular because they convey the complex feelings of military men of honor trying to deal with their post-action feelings in rural civilian situations. This movie never dealt with those feelings. The result is superficial and empty. Oh well, I'm sure Hicks collected his check and between the box office and rentals, the picture did better than break-even. What else matters?
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