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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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Scott Hicks

Writers:

Will Fetters (screenplay), Nicholas Sparks (novel)
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Cast

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
Cameron Banfield Cameron Banfield ... Younger Marine
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 | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando te encuentre See more »

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$60,457,138

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$99,357,138
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Logan Thibault was written with Ryan Gosling in mind. 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: Why did you come here?
Logan: To find you.
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Nothing special
25 April 2012 | by kgmarraSee all my reviews

There seems to be a consistent trend in the movies based on Nicholas Sparks' romance novels. They all contain sappy clichés and a lack of substance. There are two main elements that are repetitive in these novels: the relationship between two soul mates and the sickness/death of a loved one. From what I've heard, the books are exceptional, however, the movies always fall short.

Logan (Zac Efron) is a marine who serves three tours in Iraq. During the war, he happens to find a photograph of a beautiful girl and "keep safe" is written on the back. Directly after he picks it up, there is an explosion right where he had been standing before he found the picture. Logan asks around, desperately trying to find whose picture it is, but nobody claims it.

Now that he has the picture in his possession, he is invincible and his luck in the treacherous circumstances of war is incredible. After surviving his three tours, Logan is determined to find the girl in the picture to personally thank her for the good luck she brought him. He recognizes a tower in the picture and walks with his German shepherd, Zeus, from Colorado all the way to Louisiana.

Of course, Logan and the woman, Beth (Taylor Schilling), fall deeply in love, but struggle through the conflicts that arise. Sadly, most of this movie is revealed in the trailer, which seems to happen quite often these days.

Zac Efron does a decent job playing the character of Logan, however, he just can't pull off the tough-guy look that is essential in this film. He will always be remembered as Troy Bolton from "High School Musical". In any case, this is a tear-jerking, cheesy movie that most teenage girls would enjoy. It's not terrible, yet nothing special. I give "The Lucky One" a 6 out of 10.


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