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The Lucky One
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08.28.2012 By: Stephanie Cooke
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Director:
Scott Hicks

Actors:
Zac Efron
Taylor Schilling
Blythe Danner

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After three tours of duty in Iraq, US Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault travels to North Carolina to search for the unknown woman whose photo he believes was his good-luck charm during the war.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
When THE LUCKY ONE first started, I have to admit that I was pretty hesitant once Zac Efron in a US Marine uniform showed up on screen. Right off the bat, it seemed like they were putting him in a role that wasnít particularly suited for him. Efron just doesnít scream army guy to me. However, the moment was short-lived and once out of the uniform, I started to appreciate this non-musical side of Efronís acting career.

Nicholas Sparks is the author of such books as The Notebook, A Walk To Remember, The Last Song and Dear John, which have also all been made into films. Iíve never read any of the novel adaptations, but I think itís safe to say that the man knows how to write a marketable book.

I donít think Iíve ever seen Taylor Schilling in anything before, but I have to say that she was a really lovely choice for the character of Beth. As I mentioned, I havenít read the book and probably never will, so I donít know how she compares to the version thatís laid out in that, but she brought a genuinity to the character that I wasnít expecting. Sheís a fresh face that lights up the screen whenever sheís on it and her smile is nothing short of infectious.

THE LUCKY ONE has its flaws, but itís definitely one of those films that a girl will make her boyfriend watch on Valentineís Day and on date nights. Itís romantic, passionate, tender, touching and all of those things that a girl (or anyone who likes romance movies) is looking for in a good chick flick.
THE EXTRAS
Zac Efron Becomes A Marine: This feature is pretty well exactly what it sounds like. It takes viewers behind-the-scenes to get a look at what research went into Efron becoming a US Marine in the film. Efron talks about the role and his advisor from the USMC speaks on Efronís ďtransformationĒ. Scott Hicks talks during the segment as well and footage is shown of Efron and some of the US Marineís who helped Efron train for the role.

Watch the Sparks Fly Ė The Romantic World of THE LUCKY ONE: The cast and crew discuss the script and the book. Nicholas Sparks also joins in on the discussion to talk about what the movie is all about and where the idea came from. Sparks and others chime in on the characters and what makes the book, and consequently the film, so special.

Zac and Taylorís Amazing Chemistry: The last feature included discusses the chemistry between the two actors. Obviously to make a good romance film, the actors need to be believably in love, so this goes over where their faux passion came from.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
For the most part, I actually enjoyed THE LUCKY ONE for what it was. Iím not too big on seeking out chick flicks to watch on my own, but this film was enjoyable enough to sit through. Zac Efron surprised me once he got out of the US Marine uniform and as mentioned, Taylor Schilling brought some serious charm. Thatís not to say that the film isnít filled with all kinds of clichťs, but it all in all, it works.

The special features arenít really great, but they do exist and they try to give you a pretty decent glimpse behind-the-scenes. I donít know if I would personally ever watch this movie again, but it is one of the better chick flicks out there.
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