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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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Deputy Moore
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Roger Lyle (as Russ Comegys)
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Aces
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Logan's Sister (as Courtney J. Clark)
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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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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From the acclaimed bestselling author of The Notebook and Dear John

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Drama | Romance

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

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20 April 2012 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$60,443,237 (USA) (13 July 2012)
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Director Scott Hicks went out of his way to make sure that there was no explicit nudity in the film in order to secure a PG-13 rating. See more »

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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 »

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Ben: I thought I was the guy next to you.
Logan: You're my best buddy. I'll always be next to you.
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Sparks only a little (at best)
31 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

I haven't read the source novel, but I also hadn't read the "Notebook" either. And I really think the latter is one of the best romantic movies that are out there. Considering the novel at hand here (the source so to speak) comes from the same man as the Notebook, you'd be forgiven to expect something similar.

While I think Zac Efron might be underrated by many as an actor (although he still has to prove himself), he doesn't help his case in this one. Puppy eyes and a character that is thinner than a piece of paper do not bode him well. Although according to the female fans attending at the cinema, they wouldn't want him any other way. Which brings me to the one point this movie really excels. It's the reactions you get from the crowd. Believe me, if you didn't watch it at a cinema you lost quite an experience! It was a hoot. I wouldn't be surprised if they got the title wrong and refer to the female lead as the "Lucky One". Just saying.

Apart from those hilarious moments, most of this is longing looks, desires held back and other stuff, that will either "excite" you or leave you cold. Predictable and boring to the point, where even a sudden change of character (why?) towards the end of the movie does not help at all


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