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The Lucky One (2012)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, 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.

Director:

Scott Hicks

Writers:

Will Fetters (screenplay), Nicholas Sparks (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zac Efron ... Logan
Taylor Schilling ... Beth
Blythe Danner ... Ellie
Riley Thomas Stewart ... Ben
Jay R. Ferguson ... Keith Clayton
Adam LeFevre ... Judge Clayton
Robert Hayes ... Victor (as Robert Terrell Hayes)
Joe Chrest ... Deputy Moore
Russell Durham Comegys ... Roger Lyle (as Russ Comegys)
Sharon Conley ... Principal Miller (as Sharon Morris)
Ann McKenzie ... Charlotte Clayton
Kendal Tuttle Kendal Tuttle ... Aces
Cam Banfield ... Younger Marine (as Cameron Banfield)
Ritchie Montgomery ... Cottage Owner
Courtney James Clark ... Logan's Sister (as Courtney J. Clark)
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Beth: [watching Logan work] Do you know if he has an off switch?
Ellie: I hope not.
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Summer Breeze
Written and performed by Tim Myers
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Overrated and tedious
21 April 2012 | by JodelleSee all my reviews

This movie contains eye-candy (Zac Efron) and stunning scenery. It's almost like the director is counting on that to rescue a very weak script. This movie spent over and hour and a half trying to make us "feel" the angst of the main characters but instead I kept wanting to slap them into having some sense. I kept thinking that the actors needed more lines and less music to tell the story. It was melodramatic and entirely predictable. I do not recommend this movie in the theaters unless you have money and time to throw away.

I must add that I was impressed with Zac Efron's acting and also the boy in the movie. I was surprised that Blythe Danner lent her talent to such a weak vehicle but I'm sure there aren't many options for older actresses in this day.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,518,358, 22 April 2012

Gross USA:

$60,457,138

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$99,357,138
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Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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