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The Lucky One

drama, romance

U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alivea photograph of a woman he doesn't even know.

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
3 out of 5
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Sweet but formulaic love story OK for teen romantics.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that, like other romances based on Nicholas Sparks novels -- including The Last Song, Dear John, and The Notebook -- The Lucky One is filled with swoony, sentimental moments involving a pair of star-crossed lovers kept apart by their life challenges and personal struggles. Expect some gauzy love scenes (mostly kissing and early stage undressing -- no private parts are seen, though the top of a male backside is visible); infrequent swearing ("s--t," etc.), some drinking by adults, some tense scenes of peril and confrontation, and jarring-but-not-graphic wartime scenes in which grenades explode and soldiers are shot dead. Although the movie means well overall, it does suggest that women need the love of a good man to be able to love themselves.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why romantic movies often seem to have female characters who can't seem to find their strength and center without first falling in love. What's the message here?
  • How does The Lucky One depict romance and relationships? Do you think it's realistic/accurate?
  • What is the movie saying about the toll that war takes on soldiers?

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Fresh: Despite a plot hole so big it could generate its own gravity field, it's still not a bad movie.

- Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, Thursday, April 19, 2012

Audience Reviews

2 stars

The Lucky One is another film adaption of a Nicholas Sparks novel, and by this point I have come to realize that these films are going to be as clich (C) and predictable as possible. They will make more oh don't you worry, and sadly they will probably all be as pointless as this film. I have not seen a good adaption of his books since The Notebook which I enjoyed, but others like The Last Song, Dear John, and A Walk to remember have been pathetic attempts at romance films and this film joins that league. This movie is just like every single Nicholas Sparks story, just with some small changes with characters and a different scenario. You know that one movie every woman just falls head over heels for and tweets about it looking so romantic but it is actually a bad film, this is that new movie. I was not a fan of the movie for it being very predictable and overly dramatic, but it has its good parts and it was not as bad as some really bad romance films I have seen lately. The story follows U.S. Marine sergeant Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) who was serving his country overseas when he happened across a discarded photo of a beautiful woman. An inscription on the back read "Keep Safe," yet the photo revealed no clues about either the subject or her whereabouts. Upon returning home to civilian life, Logan conducts his own research and discovers that the woman's name is Beth (Taylor Schilling) and that she cares for dogs at a small-town kennel. Before long, Logan manages to get a job at the kennel, and sets his sights on winning Beth's heart. But it won't be easy because Beth's past experiences have made her wary of relationships. Meanwhile, as Logan works to earn Beth's trust, a dark secret from her past threatens to derail his hope for a happy future together. The plot was definitely and almost completely what I expected it to be, a predictable romance where everything you guess will happen ends up being correct. There were no surprises, there were no new formulas being tried, there was just an empty feeling in my stomach that I had just paid money for a movie that I have seen a thousand times before. The characters are melodramatic dorks who spend half the time just trying to appeal to the female audience, while leaving the men of the audience asleep and waiting for their money on their wives and girlfriends to be put to good use. This movie almost made me cry with how many bad clich (C)s they have in it, and it(TM)s almost laughable looking and how desperate they are for money that they made a film this pathetic. If you are looking for a great romance, I suggest you look elsewhere. The cast has a good group of actors, but they are destroyed by a bad script and boring characters. Zac Efron has had some decent performances in his career and some very bad ones, this movie his performance was about on the middle of that line since his boring character with no true background other than he is a nice fella, and it hurt Efrons performance. Taylor Shilling has not really been in any films that are memorable, and here she shows her potential but her incredibly clich (C) character drags her down, just like Zac Efron. The rest of the cast was decent but like I mentioned before with detail, these characters destroyed the ensembles chances at being truly recognized. The Lucky One didn't bring anything new to the table, so it failed to entertain me and that is the main thing that film should do. The cast was decent but they were ruined by the script that could've have been saved if they had tweaked it a lot, or at least gave it some interesting characters. Zac Efron is one of the main reasons people will go see this, an honestly his career may be getting bigger but he needs to star in some better movies (with the exception of me and Orson Welles). When watching this movie, I could have left for like 20 minutes and still would have been able to understand everything, and it is ad when I a movie am that slow and uneventful. It(TM)s a very boring movie, and I could have cared less what was going on during it.

- fb1526363679, Tuesday, May 1, 2012

2 stars

Oh geez, why do I keep subjecting myself to failed Nicholas Sparks attempts? Because I am hoping for another Notebook or Walk to Remember that will never come. Taylor Schilling gave us an incredible sob fest in the garden. Great acting. I was hoping that would be the last melodramatic part but I hoped too soon. (With Sparks films, there is always more melodrama.) It started out really great until the two main characters had premarital sex and then the rest of the movie went downhill as the ending seemed to be a very heavy-handed formulaic script where I could pretty much guess what happened next... right down the melodramatic storm and subsequent death. WHY Nicholas Sparks, why? PLEASE give us something more.

- crazydannielle16, Tuesday, November 13, 2012

2 stars

"A good enough film with decent acting. The problem is that the film was predictable with a dash of cheese. I mean, I am not big on romance films and this movie is a great example of why. Too much cheese without enough depth. I think Riley Thomas was cute and did a good job. I even liked Zac in this. I think he's starting to grow on me. The more serious roles he takes, the more I like him. I've seen better from Sparks though. Not a film I would watch again, unless I had to."

- LWOODS04, Monday, December 3, 2012